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Candidate organizes LC chapter of Libertarian Party

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer North Carolina District 44 Senate hopeful Nic Haag has organized the Lincoln County Chapter of the Libertarian Party. Haag, a Denver resident, helped to unify Libertarians in Iredell County while having a strong hand in starting the chapter. Affiliates for the party also exist in Catawba,…

Lincoln County Public Library receives nearly $70k in grant funding

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Public Library has been awarded $69,350 through two separate grants from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). LSTA has donated funds to Lincoln County every year since 2012, totaling nearly $350,000. The library received the maximum amount of $50,000 through the EZ…

Vale archery business invests in company’s future

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Vale archery business has invested in manufacturing equipment to facilitate the growth it has experienced over the last year. “We see this as an investment in the future of the company,” Ethics Archery president Scott Gizowski said. “This is a logical step forward for us.”…

Officers cite 1 during underage alcohol purchase operation

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department and agents with N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement conducted an underage alcohol purchase operation on Thursday at businesses in the city limits. Officers said minors under the age of 21 attempted to purchase alcohol in controlled purchases conducted by law enforcement. Officers said the operation…

OUR VIEW: New law will save lives

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The General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory passed an important piece of legislation on Monday that will save lives and hopefully prevent a few broken hearts. The legislation makes North Carolina “the third state to provide unlimited access to a prescription drug that’s already saved more than 2,000 people statewide…

Officers: Lincolnton man was found passed out in car

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Staff report A Lincolnton man is facing felony drug charges after officers said he was found passed out in his vehicle on Monday. Officers said they approached Christopher Burton Drake, 38, of 1829 Baldwin Lane, while he was in his vehicle in the 1600 block of East Main Street in…

Cooperative Extension agent dedicated four decades to community

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Melinda Houser has been a staple at the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension since the early 1970’s. Now, after four decades of dedicated service to the community, Houser is entering her last week with the program before retiring at the end of the month. “When I first…

Men charged with selling crack cocaine

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Staff report Two local men have been charged with selling crack cocaine. Kelly Lawrence McClain, 35, of Maiden, and Thurman Winfred Link, 67, of Lincolnton, were arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. Deputies said they conducted a surveillance and undercover operation targeting the men after receiving multiple…

First Federal Park receives grant from Timken Foundation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The First Federal Park project in Lincolnton has received a $25,000 grant, with a matching incentive of another potential $25,000. “We are anxious to see the park open and be a vital part of our downtown,” Mayor Ed Hatley said. “It shows, along with First Federal,…

Lincolnton obtains Main Street accreditation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton, along with 10 other North Carolina communities, has received accreditation as a roster member of the National Main Street Center. The new roster members are chosen based on criteria that include economic vitality and fidelity in following the best-practice standards for historic…