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Lincoln Charter marks opening of new building

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Ministry born through skateboarding reaches anniversary

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A Lincolnton ministry established in 2005 is celebrating a decade of bringing youth together through a collective love of skateboarding. “The Way Skate Ministry” began when a then-teenaged Seth Barkley and his father, Ruben, built a skate ramp in their yard and held Bible study for…

911 hang-up leads to pot grow bust

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with growing marijuana after deputies allegedly discovered plants at his home after a 911 hang-up call. Darius Cash Collins III, 26, of 1304 Rustic Trail, was arrested on Thursday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. After the call was placed to 911,…

Christian Ministry food supplies near record low

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Where once stood pallets stacked to the ceiling with canned beans, corn and other nutrients now sits empty spaces — a billboard to a local charity’s predicament. Christian Ministry is running out of the type of nourishment it most hopes to provide. Green beans, corn and…

McHenry to help veterans get their medals

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) wants to help war veterans get the recognition they’ve earned. To do so, he’ll help them get their medals. Since the Republican arrived in Congress in 2005, he’s made helping veterans a key focus of his platform. This will be the…

Deputies: Man had methamphetamine, automatic rifle

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Staff report Staff report A Vale man has been charged with possessing methamphetamine and an automatic weapon by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Narcotics investigators executed a search warrant at 5052 Grigg Road on Thursday and allegedly found several guns, ammunition and meth. Hector Quiroz, 39, was charged with one…

Camp meeting opens at Tucker’s Grove

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County comes down on environmental transgressors

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Natural Resources Division of Lincoln County regulates land-disturbing activities within North Carolina’s Department of Soil and Water Conservation. They work to reduce the impact of sedimentation and erosion for the welfare and safety of Lincoln County citizens. Conservationist David Ledford enforces the sediment and erosion…

Campground Road housing development on county agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The surge in Lincoln County housing is expected to grow stronger tonight, when county commissioners will likely approve a 64-acre development. If commissioners give their blessing, it’ll be the second major local conditional use permit approved in less than a week. On Thursday, the Lincolnton City…

School board settles suit for $65K

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s school board approved a settlement in its lawsuit against Gaston Community Action on Tuesday, agreeing to receive most of the money the organization owed the school system. School board attorney Dean Shatley said the terms of the deal will net the school board $65,000…