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New solid waste regulations begin today

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New regulations regarding the city of Lincolnton’s solid waste collection service go into effect today. The main changes affect construction and demolition debris and yard trimmings, City Manager Jeff Emory said. Crews will no longer collect construction and demolition debris. Any trash created during construction, reconstruction or remodeling has to…

Wal-Mart hearing at 6:30 p.m. today

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A public hearing on the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter that was continued from June will take place tonight. The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. The public hearings will be held in the auditorium because of the large number of…

Four sought for Tuesday, Wednesday acts of vandalism

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Authorities are looking for four people who went on a two-night, countywide vandalism spree this week. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has received 31 official reports of damage to property that happened Tuesday and Wednesday night, said Deputy J.D. Norwood. Norwood expects that number to rise as more people discover…

Sing to support pregnancy center tonight

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Numerous local churches will be singing for life this Friday night. The Lincoln County Crisis Pregnancy Center will be holding a community singing at 7 p.m. at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. “It’s to benefit us and to benefit the community,” said Faye Keener, executive director of the center.…

Basketball camp teaches kids “fun”-damentals

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The annual Doc Watson Basketball camp marked its third year at the YMCA in Lincolnton last week where campers worked on techniques of the game. “Our ultimate goal is to have a place for the kids to come that is a safe, Christian environment that encourages sportsmanship and improves their…

Tech department results eclipse state standard

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The Lincoln County Schools career and technical education department continues to rise above the state standard. The Board of Education received the post-assessment test results at its monthly meeting Wednesday night. The school district reported 68.8 percent proficiency for high school courses, well above the state’s 59.3 percent result. “Unlike…

Caution urged following the discovery of West Nile Virus

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North Carolina has its first case of the West Nile Virus (WNV) this year. State Epidemiologist Jeffrey Engel reported to local health departments that a 26-year-old horse tested positive for the virus. There has been no human cases reported. The American quarter horse from Duplin County was euthanized on June…

Five arrests made; three for meth in west part of county; two for cocaine

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Three people have been arrested this week on meth charges after two busts in western Lincoln County. At about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Deputy J.C. Propst was on patrol on N.C. 27 West when he noticed a black Honda Prelude speeding down the road. The driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt.…

Home being sought for no-kill animal shelter

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Supporters of a no-kill animal shelter currently based in Charlotte want to move their operation to Iron Station. Project HALO, which stands for Helping Animals Live On, now operates on founder Rhonda Thomas’ three-acre backyard. But space is tight, and Thomas wants a more suitable facility to keep the homeless…

Arrests made in grocery store robbery

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Three people have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a local grocery store earlier this month. Detective Sgt. Matt Painter with the Lincolnton Police Department said the incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. on July 7 when three people — two men and one woman — entered…