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Schedule — 7/31/13

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NCHSAA Important upcoming dates Thursday Falls sports may officially begin practice Saturday, Aug. 10 First day football teams may hold scrimmages Monday, Aug. 19 First playing date for non-football fall sports Friday, Aug. 23 First playing day for football Tryouts • EL football: East Lincoln’s football team will open practice…

Stores ready for tax-free weekend

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Local stores are readying for what could be the state’s final tax-free weekend. Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law last week significant tax-reform measures that eliminate the annual tax holiday, during which school-related merchandise and items such as clothing and computers are exempt from sales…

Man airlifted after city motorcycle wreck

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton police said a 25-year-old Maiden man was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital after crashing his motorcycle Monday afternoon along a city street. Emergency Medical Services flew Christopher Allen Cottrell to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte following the incident, according to a police report. The…

Criminal Charges 7-31-13

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Joshua Von Dale Williams, 27, of 104 Lee Frye Rd. in Dallas was charged July 26 with one count of failure to appear. A $500 secured bond was set. John Henry Faulks, 37, of 2289 Clemson Ln. in Stanley…

Surveying the damage

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  Governor praises residents for their resilience JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Governor Pat McCrory visited various flood-damaged locations Tuesday afternoon throughout Lincoln and Catawba Counties. During his first stop, he surveyed the wreckage of a washed out bridge along Beam Lumber Road in Vale. He also arranged for a visit…

City Council to discuss contracts with county

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council is expected to set a date to further discuss proposed contracts with Lincoln County during its meeting Thursday night. One potential agreement that has long been discussed is regarding water negotiations. Mayor John Gilleland, who has often stressed Lincolnton’s need…

Unemployment rate rises for second month

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s jobless rate edged back up for the second month in a row, according to the latest figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Tuesday. For the month of June, the county saw its unemployment rate increase to 9.8 percent, up…

New art gallery set to open

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton resident Stacey Pilkington-Smith hopes a new art community will emerge with the grand opening of her business Gallery 27. The facility will host a “soft” opening today in order to work out any potential kinks, Pilkington-Smith said. She described the gallery as a place…

Two men rescued from river, then charged

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two men who became stranded on the South Fork River over the weekend after their canoe flipped during heavy flooding face alcohol violations, Lincoln County Emergency Management officials said. The Lincoln County Water Rescue Team, comprised of swift water rescue technicians from various county…

Lincoln County declared a state of emergency

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County has been declared a state of emergency due to devastating flooding that struck the area on Saturday. According to Interim County Manager Martha Lide, the county will be under an “emergency state” for at least a week. Lincoln County Emergency Management is currently…