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Local Libertarian Party chapter holds inaugural meeting

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln County chapter of the Libertarian Party met in Denver on Wednesday evening for the group’s inaugural meeting. “By organizing within the county, it gives us strength,” Libertarian District 44 state Senate candidate Nic Haag said. “It’s more than a singular voice complaining — it’s…

School board votes to renovate track at North Lincoln

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education voted to move forward with a plan to renovate the track at North Lincoln High School despite only receiving one bid on the project. Policy states that any project in excess of $10,000 requires at least two competing bids, but…

Deputies: Lincoln County woman stole from mother’s home

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Staff report A western Lincoln County woman has been accused of breaking into her mother’s home and taking a number of items. Deputies responded to the 7400 block of Houser Farm Road in Vale on Wednesday in connection with the theft of items from the property. The victim, the suspect’s…

Lincolnton woman arrested on meth charge

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman has been arrested on a felony methamphetamine possession charge. Susan Elaine Warren, 46, of 714 Lithia Inn Road, was arrested on Saturday after citizen complaints sparked an investigation of her residence. Lincolnton Police Department officers obtained a search warrant and found methamphetamine at the home.…

Lincoln County Republicans address concerns over growth, infrastructure

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer There will be three Lincoln County Republicans on the five-person ballot in the November race for three open seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. The board has been entirely Republican since 2002. Carrol Mitchem, the lone incumbent on the ballot, is currently serving in…

Sheriff voices opposition to changes in juvenile justice

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Before September, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety will end the practice of placing youthful prisoners in solitary confinement. North Carolina is one of two states that currently charges 16 and 17 year olds as adults and houses them in adult prisons. Lincoln County Sheriff…

The Catalinas bring beach grooves to ‘Alive After 5’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer While there won’t be much sand on East Main Street on Thursday night, it won’t be from a lack beach grooves coming from the stage. The Catalinas are bringing their ocean vibes to Lincolnton as part of the “Alive After 5” concert series. In regards to…

Local teachers participate in advanced manufacturing internships

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Industrial Managers Association of Lincoln County is sponsoring a program that will send Career and Technical Education teachers from five local schools for a weeklong internship at various manufacturing industries in the area. Jeremy Detter of North Lincoln Middle School and Robbie Reep of North…

High school graduates receive Bulow Bowman Scholarship

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Two local high school graduates have received scholarships courtesy of the Bulow Bowman Scholarship Fund. The fund was established through the Lincoln County Community Foundation by Bulow W. Bowman in honor of her late mother, Bulow M. Bowman. “The scholarship was established in 2014,” foundation board…

Criminal Charges — 6-29-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Travis Dean Grant, 44, of 1824 Drew Dr. in Lincolnton was charged on June 24 with two counts of communicating threats, and one count each of assault on a female by male over 18 years of age, interfering with emergency communication,…