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Man facing armed robbery, meth charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton man is facing robbery and methamphetamine possession charges after a traffic stop by the Lincolnton Police Department on Saturday. Dustin Everett Beam, 29, of 1408 Laboratory Road, was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on Gaston Street Extension. Beam was wanted in connection with…

No Stranger to the Endangered: City, county collectively preserving spaces

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer North Carolina is primarily recognized by preservationists for its tobacco barns, mill villages and one-room schoolhouses. Many of these historic properties have been saved through federal, state and local grant incentives, while others have found new life through property owners with enough passion and capital to…

‘Poetry Lincolnton’ calls it quits after 10 years

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With one last event scheduled for tonight at the Lincoln Cultural Center, a bittersweet goodbye is in order for a group that began in 2005 and gradually grew into a North Carolina favorite for poetry lovers of all styles. For the last decade, founders Devona Wyant,…

Around Town — 7-15-15

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Around town for July 15, 2015. THURSDAY  Meeting The Lincoln Quilters will hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center. The program “Why did I buy that?” will be presented by Cindy Beal. Visitors are welcome. Summer Fest The Lincolnton Rehab Center located at 1410 East Gaston…

Davis elected regional director of statewide downtown association

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The City of Lincolnton’s Community and Business Development department director has been elected to the board of the North Carolina Downtown Development Association. Vicki Davis was officially named Region 2 director for a two-year term that will begin immediately. “We look forward to Vicki Davis’ leadership…

School board tables energy deal

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education tabled discussion on adopting an energy savings contract on Tuesday that would require it to pay 50 percent of savings realized by Texas-based Cenergistic, Inc. The contract was a five-year deal that would require Lincoln County Schools to pay — in…

Criminal Charges — 7-15-15

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Criminal charges for July 15, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Johnny Wayne Anders, 47, of 3504 Broad River Ln. in High Shoals was charged July 10 with one count each of assault by pointing a gun and resisting, delaying, obstructing a public officer. A $1,000…

Iron Station hobbyist gains popularity producing ‘gun hides’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Robert Maxwell comes by woodworking honestly. His grandfather and father were carpenters. Moss “Pop” Maxwell worked for Lincoln County’s maintenance department and Bob Maxwell was a talented inside trim carpenter. “I think that my love for woodworking came from them,” Maxwell said. “They taught me that…

City manager named in sexual harassment complaint

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An employee of the City of Lincolnton has filed a grievance with the Charlotte office of the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), claiming sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and retaliation. The grievance was filed on July 8 by City Clerk Donna Flowers, who said in the…

Mission for Service: Group gives Christian Ministry a new look

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Mission Serve volunteers come to town to paint, serve meals ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The sun beat down on T.J. Gilmer on Monday, a Philadelphia Eagles cap shielding the rays but not preventing the heat from producing massive beads of sweat on the teenager gutting his way through the 90-degree…