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Lincoln County Memorial Day events set for this weekend

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer While Memorial Day is often thought of as the harbinger of the summer season, the first visit to the beach and starting up the barbecue, the true meaning of the holiday is often overlooked. Memorial Day is intended as a day to honor those who…

Officers: Oaklawn drug ring busted

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Staff report Lincolnton Police Department detectives said they’ve charged nine people in connection with drug sales in the Oaklawn neighborhood of Lincolnton. Officers said Paul Richard Walton Jr., 36, of 1014 E. Catawba Street, was selling drugs out of his home. Detectives said the investigation was prompted by citizen complaints.…

LCSO Capt. Tim Johnson announces Lincoln County sheriff campaign

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Johnson has announced his intent to run for Lincoln County sheriff in 2018. Johnson filed paperwork with the Lincoln County Board of Elections on Monday morning that will allow him to accept donations during his campaign for office. “I’ve always…

County accepting bids for courthouse analysis

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County has officially opened the bidding process for firms to provide professional architectural and engineering services necessary for conducting a space need analysis and feasibility study of the courthouse in downtown Lincolnton. As it stands currently, the courthouse faces a number of issues resulting from…

Five arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report Five people were charged with felony drug crimes on Tuesday. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office made the arrests following the conclusion of multiple investigations into the sale of methamphetamine, prescription painkillers, cocaine and marijuana. According to detectives, surveillance and undercover techniques were used to purchase drugs from the…

City officials agree to surrender equal ownership of Lincoln County airport

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Lincolnton City Council reached a resolution this week regarding the future of the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport. The city and county have been equal partners since the inception of the airport in 1986. However, with a unanimous vote during…

Lincoln County United Way holds annual meeting, awards ceremony

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Members of the community and local businesses were recognized at Lincoln County United Way’s annual meeting and awards ceremony on Thursday at the Lincoln Country Club. The Campaign Champion Award, which is given to an organization that puts exceptional effort into the United Way campaign,…

Commissioners establish new Lincoln County density parameters

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A 3-2 vote cast during Monday evening’s Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting established new density parameters for future residential developments in the county. The vote approved an amendment to the Lincoln County Land Use Plan allowing densities of up to two dwelling units per acre.…

Deputies: Store owner charged with with selling drugs, again

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Staff report The owner of a Lincolnton store who was arrested in March on felony drug charges was arrested again on Wednesday and charged with dealing prescription painkillers. Mandi Uriah Smith, 39, of Devine Road in Iron Station, is accused of selling opioid painkillers out of the J&M Discount Variety…

Commissioners approve ‘no-kill’ strategic plan

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday to approve a strategic plan developed to help the Lincoln County Animal Shelter reach “no-kill” designation. The plan — prepared by the Lincoln County Animal Services staff, the No-Kill Ad Hoc Committee led by Commissioner Anita…

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