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Presentation for historic clock on county agenda

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County Historical Association director Jason Harpe will offer a presentation today to Lincoln County commissioners on Monday regarding the proposed placement of a historic clock on the east side of the Lincoln County Courthouse. Lincolnton City Councilman Roby Jetton and LCHA president Bill C. Beam…

Car crash sets building on fire

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A car crashed into a building on Highway 150 early Saturday morning, setting fire to the structure. According to Boger City Fire Department officials, the occupants of the car crawled out to safety through the vehicle’s sunroof and were out of the car when first responders…

Man charged with selling cocaine, possession of steroids

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Staff report A western Lincoln County man has been charged with selling cocaine. Chad Dylan Smith, 22, of John Beam Road in Vale, was arrested on Tuesday after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives seized more than two ounces of cocaine, cash and an AK-47 rifle while executing a search…

Three men arrested on crack cocaine charges

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Staff report Three people have been charged with selling crack cocaine in the Buffalo Shoals/Car Farm Road area north of Lincolnton. Jacque Demar Morrison, 30, of Horseshoe Lake Road in Lincolnton, Robert Michael Burton, 62, of Car Farm Road in Lincolnton and Tyron Tremaine Jackson, 39, of Babs Court in…

Fifth annual ‘Dam 2 Dam’ event to benefit EL Rescue Squad Park

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When participants hit the Lake Norman waters later this month in the fifth annual “Dam 2 Dam” event, proceeds from the day will benefit Denver’s Rescue Squad Park. The jet ski charity run on Lake Norman will stretch from Cowan’s Ford to Lookout Shoals. Organizers believe…

Rock-N-Roll Fantasy: Local musician shares stage with metal legends

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Pumpkin Center-based guitarist Robbie Norris never dreamed as a 12-year-old picking up a guitar for the first time that at 47 he would share the stage with his heroes, heavy metal icon Judas Priest. “I only had one thing on my bucket list and that was…

Lincoln County benefits from increase in arts funding

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln County arts community will benefit from $7.1 million dollars in funding for the statewide Grassroots Arts Program. Through the new state budget for fiscal year 2016-17 signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, arts programs in all 100 counties will reap the benefits of the funding.…

Public hearing will address transportation projects

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A public comment meeting will be held tonight at the East Lincoln Community Center to help identify future transportation projects. The Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization and North Carolina Department of Transportation have proposed a ranking of projects being considered at the Division Tier of the project…

West Lincoln’s Keely Stempien crowned Apple Queen

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Keely Stempien was crowned as Lincoln County’s 38th Apple Queen on Saturday evening. The rising West Lincoln High School senior dazzled the audience and judges alike, claiming one of Lincoln County’s most prestigious titles at the young age of 17. “Whenever it was announced I honestly…

Boger City Fire Department welcomes two new firefighters

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Boger City Fire Department welcomed two new firefighters to its roster of full-time employees on Thursday with a badge pinning ceremony. Logan Sauceda and Colt Henderson were the finalists of 17 applicants that successfully navigated a written exam, a physical abilities test and a pair…