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Pariano, Watson-Smyth join race for county commission

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Two more Republican candidates have announced their intent to run for a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners in 2018. Raye Watson-Smyth and Jeff Pariano each filed paperwork with the Lincoln County Board of Elections on Tuesday morning that will allow them to accept…

Three headed to prison after drug convictions

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Staff report Three people arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in 2016 were sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to felony drug charges last week. In two of the three cases, narcotics detectives charged the dealers for their involvement in selling a trafficking amount of opioid pain pills to…

Commissioners approve courthouse study, discuss other space needs

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday evening to execute a contract with Moseley Architects to evaluate the potential future of the courthouse in downtown Lincolnton. Moseley Architects — a full-service architectural, engineering and interior design firm based in Charlotte — will conduct a…

Former Shelby Mayor Ted Alexander announces campaign for state Senate

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Former Shelby Mayor Ted Alexander has become the third Republican candidate to announce a campaign for the 2018 North Carolina state Senate election for District 44. “I had considered this a couple of years ago after I served as mayor when our district’s senator resigned,” Alexander…

East Lincoln Speedway brings families together

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer It’s not the Charlotte Motor Speedway, with its asphalt track and its 89,000 seating capacity. East Lincoln Speedway stays closer to its roots of speed demons outrunning the law with their cargo of moonshine over roads that were less than pristine. Drivers and their families…

Exodus Homes helps addicts move forward

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A person can’t apply personally to enter Exodus Homes, it has to be part of a referral process either through the prison system, a social worker, Salvation Army, Veterans Administration or other organization. The individual has to be homeless, have successfully completed a substance abuse…

Culinary school teaches kitchen skills to local students

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A new program for at-risk children in Lincoln County sponsored by Kids At Work! began last Wednesday in the kitchen at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. The course, which meets once a week, teaches children aged 12-17 basic culinary and interpersonal skills. Currently operating…

State releases report cards for Lincoln County schools

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Report cards for schools in Lincoln County were released on Thursday by the State Board of Education. Lincoln Charter School showed minor improvements and, for the most, part the Lincoln County Schools district improved from last year’s accountability results. As it did last year, Lincoln…

Four charged after second bust at Lincolnton home

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has charged four people with felony drug crimes after a follow-up investigation into drug sales at a Lincolnton home. Deputies searched a home at 1210 Betterbrook Lane on Aug. 29 and charged two men, Tyler McKay Lucas, 22, of Pineville, and William Brandon…

Father charged after son’s arrest

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Staff report Deputies said the arrest of a Cleveland County man following a chase into Lincoln County on Tuesday has led to drug and weapons charges against his father. Mickey Gene Mellon, 50, of Boyle’s Road in Lawndale, was staying in a camper where U. S. marshals, Cleveland County and…