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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…

Emergency management: Men clung to tree after canoe flipped on river

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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 area  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…

Heavy rains, floods cause major damage

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Flood waters overtook numerous roadways throughout the region Saturday as the area continued to witness a season of record downpours. Lincoln County suffered unprecedented weather damage. In addition, Catawba County officials have declared multiple areas north of Lincoln a state of emergency.…

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Post 455 falls twice in state tourney By KEITH SPENCE Correspondent WILSON — It wasn’t a very good Sunday for Lincoln County Post 455 at the American Legion N.C. state tournament. First, it was humbled by defending state champion Wilmington Post 10 13-1 in an early morning contest that was…

Schedule — 7/29/13

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American Legion N.C. state baseball tournament At Fleming Stadium, Wilson Friday G1: Shelby 4, Kernersville 1 G2: Lincoln Co. 5, Randolph Co. 3 G3: Garner 4, Jacksonville 2 G4: Wilmington 9, Wilson 1 Saturday G5: Kernersville 4, Jacksonville 3 G6: Randolph Co. 11, Wilson 5 G7: Garner 6, Shelby 3…