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City, county moving airport discussions forward

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer City of Lincolnton councilmen and Lincoln County commissioners will sit down for a discussion regarding a plot of land at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport in the coming weeks. The county is in the middle of the process of satisfying the requirements of a $6.7 million…

Lincoln Economic Development Association budget on BOC agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners are expected to question the Lincoln Economic Development Association’s director about his proposed budget during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting today. Cliff Brumfield was out of town when commissioners met Friday for their fifth and final designated budget meeting, a session that was…

City property tax, water and sewer rates to drop, motor vehicle tax added

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council unanimously approved a motion by Councilman Devin Rhyne on Thursday to adopt a $30 tax on all motor vehicles registered within city limits while also dropping the property tax rate by 1 cent and the city’s water and sewer rate by 1 percent.…

Officers: Man sold fake drugs, ‘bath salts’

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with selling counterfeit drugs and “bath salts.” Joshua Thomas Carpenter, 25, of 4500 Ritchie Road, was arrested on Monday at a home on Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale. Carpenter was charged after Lincolnton Police Department officers conducted an investigation into the…

Denver woman wins $500K in lottery

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A Denver woman discovered she won more than $500,000 on Tuesday, nearly three weeks after she purchased a lottery ticket from a Stanley gas station. According to a North Carolina Education Lottery press release, Elizabeth Pitts entered the Cash 5 contest for the March 25 drawing…

Woman charged with selling prescription drugs

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman has been charged with selling prescription drugs. Brittany Nashay Herndon, 24, of 1203 Georgetown Road, was arrested on Tuesday on Lincolnton Police Department warrants after turning herself in at the Lincoln County magistrate’s office. Officers said they had received citizen complaints about the sale of…

Deputies: Pair hid in creek after break-in

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Staff report Two Vale residents have been charged with breaking into a western Lincoln County home after deputies allegedly found them shortly after the break-in walking in a creek near the home while wearing items stolen from the residence and in possession of methamphetamine. Deputies said Adam Castillo, 36, of…

Council to vote on reorganization of Business and Community Development

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council will vote tonight on the approval of a contract between the city and the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce to reorganize the Business and Community Development department. The contract would result in the city events and marketing coordinator’s position moving to the chamber’s…

Airport talks between city, county continue

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton and representatives from the county will continue talks regarding the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport at a meeting later this evening. Initially, one source with the city incorrectly told the Lincoln Times-News that the talks were regarding the city’s ownership in the airport. On Thursday morning,…

School system to lay off 34 teachers

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County school board members approved a process Tuesday to cut 34 teachers and eight teacher assistants from next year’s payroll. Originally funded by President Barack Obama’s 2009 federal stimulus package, the positions have since been maintained by the Lincoln County Schools fund balance. The layoffs…