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Editor’s Note — The good news

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I got an email from a reader a few weeks ago. I use that term “reader” loosely, because I’m fairly certain this person, who admittedly lives outside the county, read only one of our stories. This email was a testament to the sort of righteous indignation that’s usually reserved for…

Criminal Charges 4-28-15

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Shawn Ely Guiles, Jr., 20, of 3096 Range Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Apr. 23 with one count each of communicating threats and injury to personal property. James Winslow Davis, Jr., 33, of 223 Mountain View St. in Forest City was…

Commissioners will review new budget

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s upcoming budget should get a little closer to completion on Tuesday. Commissioners will review the county’s upcoming budget for a final time at 8:30 a.m. in the Citizens Center in Lincolnton before it goes to printing and is formally presented at a meeting on…

Obituaries — 4-27-15

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Kaye Helton (Margaret Kaye Perkins Helton) On Saturday morning, April 25, 2015 there was rejoicing in the streets of heaven as another child was welcomed home. Kaye joined her parents, Roosevelt Preston Perkins and Clara Mae Hoke Perkins in the presence of Jesus. She is survived by her ever-faithful husband,…

Historical Association hosts ‘March to Liberty: A Frontier’s Call To Freedom’

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer On May 2, the Lincoln County Historical Association will host a speaking engagement at the Lincoln Cultural Center that will serve as a platform for “March to Liberty: A Frontier’s Call to Freedom.” The event will celebrate the 240th anniversary of the American Revolution, which…

Relay for Life gears up for 21st annual city event

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The American Cancer Society will celebrate Lincolnton’s 21st annual Relay for Life event on Court Square with a kick-off on May 1. According to the Relay for Life website, it is “the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer.” The Lincolnton event…

‘Best friends’ retire together

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  Underwoods leave mark on county’s band, theater culture     PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   For North Lincoln High School teachers Neil and Joanna Underwood, the road to retirement was filled with many thrills and milestones. They celebrate over 60 collective years as educators, most of which were spent…

S.C. couple arrested for meth

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  Staff report Lincolnton police have charged a South Carolina man and woman with felony possession of methamphetamine after responding to a domestic disturbance at the city’s Comfort Inn on Friday. Officers responded to a call about a domestic disturbance in the early morning hours Friday. Officers said that drug…

Saine’s tax proposal gets support from some cities

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Local government may soon have another avenue to raise much-needed revenue. House Bill 903, sponsored by state Rep. Jason Saine (R, District 97) would give cities and counties the option of implementing a 0.25-cent sales tax increase. This would serve, in some municipalities, as a…

Local NAACP looks to the future with new officers

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Debra Williams is fully aware of the challenges her organization faces. Like many groups in Lincoln County, the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People branch faces the stark reality of dwindling membership numbers. At monthly meetings, oftentimes it’s just the executive board…