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Van destroyed by fire

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A van fire on Wednesday in the parking lot of the Lowe’s Home Improvement in Lincolnton prompted a call to the Lincolnton Fire Department at 11:20 a.m. According to assistant fire chief Bill Fortenberry, the fire started in the engine compartment and spread from there, leaving the Ford…

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Leith steps down after seven years

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Former LHS coach: ‘I truly am going to miss it’ RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Ian Leith is passionate about soccer, but now that he’s a father, the sport he loves must take a back seat. The longtime Lincolnton head coach is putting his coaching career on hold so he can…

Criminal Charges — 7-29-15

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Criminal charges for July 29, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Keith Alan Blakely, 36, of 2590 Tin Mine Rd. in Lincolnton was charged July 24 with one count each of misdemeanor larceny, resist, delay and obstruction of a public officer, assault on female, communicating threats…

Communities in Schools connects students with free school supplies

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the seventh straight year, a Lincoln County nonprofit is aiming to relieve some of the burden associated with purchasing back-to-school supplies. Communities in Schools of Lincoln County, part of the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, is aiming to fill 500-600 backpacks with pencils, pens, binders,…

Deputies: Man sold prescription opiate drugs

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Staff report An Iron Station man has been charged with trafficking opium by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Narcotics investigators arrested William Edward Young, 42, of 2773 Hudson Poultry Road, after a three-week investigation. Deputies bought opiate prescription medication from Young during that time, according to a press release from…

Library helps families research their history

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Tucked away in a corner of the Charles Jonas Library in Lincolnton, Gary Muffley felt right at home. An Asheville resident, this was Muffley’s first trip to Lincoln County’s main library. But it’s far from the first time he’d stepped into a genealogy research room, and…

City, county preparing for housing growth

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer As Charlotte continues to grow, surrounding areas are tasked with keeping up housing for an influx of new people. Census estimates released in May show the Queen City’s population has risen more than 10 percent from 2010 to 2014, and Lincoln County has been a beneficiary…

Program prepares kids to confront bullying, abuse

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In an effort to best illustrate her point, Sherry Reinhardt donned red lifeguard gear over her clothes and delivered a message to 60 elementary-aged summer campers. The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center’s executive director, along with three law enforcement officers, spoke…

VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary prepares care packages for troops

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 1706 in Lincolnton have organized, prepared and posted care packages to U.S. troops deployed to Camp Buehring in Kuwait. Some 14 large boxes filled with prepackaged snacks, books, Bibles, notebooks, pens, toiletries, stationery and crossword puzzles were sent via…

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