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Lincoln joins multi-county planning organization

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County is now part of a new metropolitan planning organization, a shift local officials hope will be a beneficial one moving forward. The Board of Commissioners approved a “memorandum of understanding” with the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO during its meeting Monday night. Before the vote, Planning…

Criminal Charges 8-23-13

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Roy Nathaniel Sellers, 61, of 4538 Biesterfield Dr. in Charlotte was charged Aug. 20 with one count each of traffic-other and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by forgery/fraud. A $10,000 bond was set. James Ray Cole, 27, of…

Charges possible in construction accident deaths

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A father whose daughter and nephew were killed in an eastern Lincoln County construction accident in April may soon be charged with involuntary manslaughter, the Sheriff’s Office said. Lieutenant Tim Johnson, head of the agency’s Criminal Investigations Division, said the case has yet to…

Around Town — 8-23-13

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TODAY BBQ chicken sale Poplar Springs AME Zion Church, 1205 Buffalo Shoals Rd. in Lincolnton, will host its annual BBQ chicken sale today and Saturday. For more information, call (704) 735-0960. LCS Board meeting The Lincoln County Public Education Foundation’s Board of Directors will meet 12 p.m. in the Executive…

Faith, fellowship abound at Tucker’s Grove

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  Locals and visitors alike enjoy annual religious event JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Monroe resident Betty Deese is approaching nearly three decades of attendance at Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting, one of Lincoln County’s annual revival-based gatherings. “It’s like a big family reunion,” she said. “You see families gather and…

Denver woman hopes to make Lincoln County’s animal shelter ‘no-kill’

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   One local woman is on a mission to save the lives of as many animals as possible. Denver resident Jena Healy is leading a grassroots effort, aligned with the No Kill Advocacy Center’s nationwide movement, to urge local leaders to make the Lincoln County…

High praise for those who entertain others

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist The Cultural Center stage looked like a real beauty shop Sunday afternoon complete with a shampoo bowl, dryer, boxes of hair rollers and magazines. It was ready for the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s version of “Steel Magnolias.” The stage was ready; the cast was ready and the…

Winery’s ‘Grape Stomp’ festival kicks off Saturday

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   What started as a family gathering has now become an annual staple for WoodMill Winery, drawing in thousands from across the state. The Vale facility, also the county’s only agricultural-based winery, will host its popular Grape Stomp Festival on Saturday and Sunday. While summer…

Obituaries — 8-23-13

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Edna Earl Walters Childs Edna Earl Walters Childs, 60, passed away August 18, 2013, at her home.  She was born May 31, 1953 in Lumberton, daughter of Carl Walters Sr. and the late Geneva Walters. She was a 1972 graduate of Union Pines High School in Carthage. She received her…

Police Chief, Sheriff sound off on court ruling on sex offenders and social media

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County law enforcement officials are speaking out about a recent North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling which deemed unconstitutional a law preventing sex offenders from using social media sites. The ruling, made Tuesday, called current legislation, which says it’s illegal for individuals convicted…