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Lincolnton City Council welcomes new year, new member

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council welcomed a new year and a new member at Thursday’s meeting inside City Hall. Tim Smith, a Republican from the Ward 1 precinct, was sworn into office following his December appointment in place of Devin Rhyne. Rhyne approached Smith about serving as…

East Lincoln High’s Habitat chapter preps for MLK Day of Service

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of service, East Lincoln High School’s Habitat for Humanity chapter is organizing an MLK Day of Service on to be held Jan. 16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore on North Aspen Street in…

Closings and delays

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First Presbyterian Church, Lincolnton Services on Sunday, Jan. 8 are canceled.       Email closing/delay information to editor@lincolntimesnews.com.…

Proposal for West Lincoln medical facility withdrawn again

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton Main Street, LLC, has once again withdrawn a rezoning request for a 15,000 square-foot medical facility in western Lincoln County. The request called for the rezoning of three acres on the northeast corner of Highway 27 and Howards Creek Mill Road in Vale. The new…

More felony drug arrests made at Lincolnton home

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Staff report Four people are facing felony drug charges following a Lincolnton Police Department search of a home on North Grove Street. Officers said the search of the home on Tuesday — the second search warrant served there since Dec. 23 — was the result of an investigation into methamphetamine…

Vale residents charged with stealing truck

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Staff report Two Vale residents have been charged with the theft of a truck from a business near Highway 27 West in Vale. Miranda Day Beaver, 29, and Dennie Lee Mitchell, 25, both of 6610 Buckskin Trail, are accused of stealing a truck from the parking lot of R and…

Repairs begin on arbor at Tucker’s Grove campground

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Much-needed repairs have begun on the arbor at the Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting in Iron Station. Rotted beams are being replaced with wood of a similar age and the sides of the arbor are being raised to eight feet all around. Some of the pews…

Developer wants to build 165 homes in East Lincoln

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Three zoning cases will be presented in front of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during a joint meeting with the planning board on Monday. The most significant among those is a request from Queen City Land, LLC, to rezone 84.7 acres from general business and…

Charlotte man arrested in child predator sting

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been charged with possessing child pornography in connection with a Lincolnton Police Department child predator sting. Jeffrey Alan Churchwell, 51, of 3216 Minnesota Road, was arrested on Dec. 28 after a month-long undercover operation. Officers said Churchwell made contact with a detective who was…

LPD raid nets five arrests on two dozen felony charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton Police Department raid at a home on North Grove Street resulted in the arrest of five residents on two dozen felony drug charges on Dec. 23. Officers said Robert Shuford, Leslie Shuford, Berry Osborne, Jessica Lane and Arthur Houser, all of 401 N. Grove Street, were…