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County joins statewide 5k effort with local parks

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Parks and Recreation Department will join 13 other counties across North Carolina in a statewide endeavor to get people outside running and enjoying their local parks. The county will be one of the hosts to NCRPA Recre8 5K, a five-kilometer race sponsored by the…

Lincolnton man wins $168k in lottery

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Staff report The ticket was nearly two months old, but it still proved a winner for Lincolnton resident Dennis Williams. Williams purchased a Cash 5 ticket from the Times Turn Around on Aspen Street in Lincolnton back in November. On Nov. 16, his numbers were called to the tune of…

Community meeting set for Essex Homes 200-lot development

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A parcel of land along the east side of Highway 16 Business, originally targeted by Lincoln County Schools, is now the site of a proposed 70-acre, 200-lot single-family housing development. A community involvement meeting is now scheduled for Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the East…

Three charged with felony possession of meth

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Staff report Three people were charged on Wednesday by the Lincolnton Police Department, after a six-month investigation, with felony possession of methamphetamine. Detectives were conducting surveillance Wednesday morning on the west side of Lincolnton after receiving complaints about drug activity in the area, according to a press release from the…

Lincolnton MLK events begin Saturday

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Coalition of Churches is inviting all community members to help the group celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The three-day observance kicks off Saturday with a Black and Gold Gala banquet beginning at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Country Club. A free breakfast…

Council votes again on Emory, same result

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council voted once again to terminate the contract of City Manager Jeff Emory. Councilmen Dr. Marty Eaddy and Dr. John “Les” Cloninger opposed the motion and Councilmen Devin Rhyne and Roby Jetton voted in favor of the termination. During a quick discussion, Eaddy said…

Lincolnton Staples to close in February

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Through an email sent to customers on Wednesday, the Staples office supply store in Lincolnton has confirmed that it will shut the doors of the Midland Plaza location at 1623 E. Main Street on Feb. 13. The store opened its doors in the summer of 2000.…

Extreme sports park CEO makes final push before county vote

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Local businessman Brittan Schnell met privately with three Lincoln County commissioners this week, in a last-ditch push for his proposed Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park. Commissioner Carrol Mitchem and chairwoman Cecelia Martin met together with Schnell in the afternoon, two hours after Alex Patton spoke with the…

Lincolnton Fire Department promotes Brent Smith

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincolnton Fire Department has promoted Brent Smith from his post as captain to assistant chief. Beyond his qualifications and experience, the department has experienced some recent changes in staffing, leading to the promotion of Smith to his new position. “Brent is a highly experienced firefighter…

Lincolnton man charged with possessing counterfeit currency

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Staff report A western Lincoln County man was arrested on Wednesday for possessing counterfeit money, drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon. The arrest was the result of a multi-week investigation into drug activity in which deputies believed the man was involved. Jason Lee Self, 33, of Flay Road in…