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A budget is born

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer While many residents are gearing up for the Fourth of July and other fun summer festivities next month, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners and county staff members are awaiting the start of the new fiscal year. Less than a week away, the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year will…

Shooting leaves one injured

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Anthony Gene Robinson, 29, of Lincolnton, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury following a shooting incident that occurred early Sunday morning. Officers with the Lincolnton Police Department were dispatched and en route to a disturbance call received from 1025…

State unemployment rate rises slightly

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Staff report The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, increasing 0.2 percent from April’s revised rate of 6.2 percent, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce report. The national rate, however, remained unchanged at 6.3 percent. Nationally, the number of persons unemployed was 9,799,000, while the…

Arts Council announces grants, woodturning exhibit

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Staff report The Arts Council of Lincoln County is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program sub-grants, through August 15. Providing quality arts experiences since 1977, the program uses a per capita based formula and partners with all 100 counties in the state to enable arts…

The boys of summer

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Student privacy, business bills move through GA

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Staff report Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 1031, co-sponsored by Lincoln County Republican Rep. Jason Saine, into law Tuesday afternoon. According to a press release from the governor’s office, the bill will create a nonprofit corporation to assist the Department of Commerce in fostering and retaining jobs and business…

Sheriff’s Office busts fifth meth lab of 2014

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Narcotics investigators busted the fifth Lincoln County meth lab of 2014 on Monday when they charged Colby Ray Williams with one felony count each of possess/distribute meth precursor and manufacturing a controlled substance schedule II. Williams, 30, of 4684 Flay Road in Lincolnton, was apprehended after…

Police: Man sold hydrocodone pills

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department concluded a months-long investigation on Saturday when officers and detectives arrested Timothy Howard Monroe for possession of 100 hydrocodone tablets. Monroe, 51, of 1622 Broome Street in Lincolnton, was charged with four felony counts of trafficking an opiate, one count of possession…

Partnership for Children recognizes daycare operator at board meeting

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Around Town — 6-25-14

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THURSDAY Senior Event The Gaston County Senior Center, 1303 Dallas Cherryville Highway in Dallas will be hosting a free open mic night at 6 p.m. and a Senior Summer Dance at 7 p.m. Marcel Ellison and Davis Taylor will be providing musical entertainment. Cost for the dance is $4.00 per…