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Men charged with selling crack cocaine

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Staff report Two local men have been charged with selling crack cocaine. Kelly Lawrence McClain, 35, of Maiden, and Thurman Winfred Link, 67, of Lincolnton, were arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. Deputies said they conducted a surveillance and undercover operation targeting the men after receiving multiple…

Lincolnton obtains Main Street accreditation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton, along with 10 other North Carolina communities, has received accreditation as a roster member of the National Main Street Center. The new roster members are chosen based on criteria that include economic vitality and fidelity in following the best-practice standards for historic…

Lincoln County nonprofits receive record funding

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Community Foundation has awarded a record $19,333 in grant money to be distributed among 12 nonprofit organizations that serve Lincoln County residents. An affiliate of Foundation for the Carolinas, LCCF has totaled $113,000 worth of grant funding since 2002. “Lincoln County is basically…

Man arrested for growing pot

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Staff report A Lincolnton man is facing felony charges after deputies said they found marijuana plants growing at his home. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dilon Gregory Garcia, 20, of Nottingham Road, on Friday. Deputies said a tip called in to the Sheriff’s Office Drug Tip Line led them…

Another subdivision proposed for eastern Lincoln County

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A 200-home development on 90 acres has been proposed for eastern Lincoln County. A community involvement meeting has been scheduled for July regarding the rezoning of the property, located between Highway 16 Business and St. James Church Road. According to Lincoln County planner Joshua Grant, the…

Officers: Child predator busted in online sting

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Staff report A Connelly Springs man has been charged with trying to meet what he thought was an underage minor in Lincolnton for sex. Tracy Alan Schmitz, 55, of 3751 Owens Mountain Road, was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of soliciting a minor by a computer for sexual activity…

Former employees charged with theft from Trilogy Lake Norman

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Staff report Two former employees of Hunter Construction Group, a company performing work at the Trilogy Lake Norman subdivision on Highway 73 across from East Lincoln High School in Denver, have been charged with breaking into a storage trailer located in the subdivision and removing new copper pipe and brass…

United Way helps fund reading camp at Asbury Academy

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The United Way of Lincoln County is continuing its efforts to help the students and staff at Asbury Academy. A weeklong summer reading camp will be held in July to keep kids involved and avoid any possible setbacks associated with months away from the classroom. “We…

Lincoln County Cooperative Extension fills field crops vacancy

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Cooperative Extension has filled a position that has been vacant for nearly four years. Andrew Scruggs will work with local farmers in the role of the organization’s field crops agent. “The recommendations that I got on him were very high,” county extension director…

Lincolnton Business and Community Development director resigns

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The director of the City of Lincolnton Business and Community Development department is resigning. Vicki Davis will leave her position on June 24, according to a letter sent from City of Lincolnton interim manager Steve Zickefoose to city councilmen on Wednesday. Davis has accepted a position…