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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…

City resumes oversight of events and marketing coordinator

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The vacant events and marketing coordinator position will remain under the supervision of the city of Lincolnton, according to City Manager Steve Zickefoose. Abby Cole, the most recent events and marketing coordinator who resigned in February, was a city employee working out of an office at…

Brymer set to retire from Christian Ministry of Lincoln County

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is a nonprofit organization formed by a group of local pastors who were inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ to care for the poor and the homeless. For the past 31 years, Christian Ministry executive director Susan Brymer has served…

Deputies: Man beaten with baseball bat, stabbed during domestic dispute

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman is accused of hitting a man with a baseball bat and stabbing him during a domestic dispute on Saturday. Jamaica Shanqwon Williams, 35, tried to flee from the Oakwood Circle area in Iron Station as deputies arrived in response to a call about the dispute,…

Keller Williams real estate agents partner with Habitat for Humanity

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Associates from Keller Williams in Denver took a break from selling houses to help build one with Habitat for Humanity on Thursday. Keller Williams is a real estate company based out of Austin, Texas with more than 157,000 associates across the globe. Thursday marked the company’s…

Sen. Curtis talks NC Senate budget proposal

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina Senate unveiled a budget proposal on Tuesday evening that would impose a significant personal and corporate income tax cut and raise pay for most teachers. The proposed budget calls for $22.9 billion in spending over the next fiscal year, which would be an…

Senate bill would affect the posting of public notices

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A bill that passed through the North Carolina Senate last month would allow local governments to post public notices on their own websites rather than publishing advertisements in newspapers. Senate Bill 343, which passed with a 30-19 vote in April, has now been sent to the…

School system shuffles principals, administrators

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Schools Board of Education shifted multiple principals and administrators to different schools during a meeting on Tuesday. Samantha Campbell, former principal of East Lincoln High School, was promoted to director of secondary education, the position formerly held by Lincolnton High School principal…