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Man arrested for heroin, running from police

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Staff report A Gastonia man has been charged with felony heroin possession and running from officers. Joshua Kain Brooks, 28, of 3413 Gatewood Drive, was arrested on Sunday after officers responded to a call about shots being fired near Hubbard Street and Arney Street. When they arrived at the scene,…

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ back for another year

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the 24th straight year, America’s letter carriers will attempt to “stamp out” hunger this weekend. The event, hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, helps struggling food banks replenish their supplies during a time of year…

Criminal Charges — 5-9-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jennifer Elaine Helms, 33, of 2019 Kollege Ln. in Crouse was charged on May 5 with one count each of possession of controlled drugs-equipment, paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to ½ oz., possession of drug paraphernalia. A $1,000 bond was set.…

Around Town — 5-9-16

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TODAY Blood drive Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 2700 Trinity Church Rd. in Vale will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 2:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Meeting The Coalition of Churches will meet in the Oaklawn Center (formerly Oaklawn School), located at 410 Linden St. in…

Pumpkin Center drama program readies annual performance

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When she was a relatively new teacher, Rachel Masters didn’t really have the ability to turn down a principal’s request 12 years ago. So when Masters found herself nearby as a parent asked the school’s principal why Pumpkin Center Elementary School didn’t have an after-school drama…

Lincolnton, Lincoln County water systems honored by state

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County and the City of Lincolnton’s water systems were among the 56 recently honored with awards by the state’s environmental department for surpassing state and federal drinking water standards. Each water system was responsible for taking their own samples and measuring them for turbidity, according…

Lincolnton Art Crawl 2016 prepares for launch

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincolnton Art Crawl is preparing to launch its 2016 event and businesses are encouraged to participate by opening up their doors to host a local artist for the annual extravaganza. “One of my favorite things about the Lincolnton Art Crawl is that it’s a free…

More donors to be disclosed with Jason Saine-sponsored legislation

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine is one of two state lawmakers trying to make campaign financial contributions more transparent through a bill filed last week. The Require Disclosure of All Candidate Donations bill, jointly filed with Mecklenburg Republican Rep. Dan Bishop, would require candidates to…

Lincolnton, Lincoln County come to agreement on rural fire district

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton has entered into a contractual agreement with Lincoln County to provide fire services within the Lincolnton rural fire district. “Discussions have been going on for three or four years,” County Manager Kelly Atkins said. “This agreement will benefit county residents because having…

Budget matters and chicken chatter highlight Lincolnton Council meeting

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer During Thursday’s regular session for Lincolnton’s City Council, discussions regarding the 2016-17 proposed operating budget and talks about a possible city code change that would allow chickens or “laying hens” within city limits highlighted the agenda. Through numerous budget workshop sessions, city officials are very close…