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Chamber banquet set for Thursday

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincolnton-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce will host its annual banquet Thursday evening at The Laboratory Mill in Lincolnton. The proceedings begin at 7 p.m. and will include the presentation of various awards, including industry, volunteer, new member, ambassador and man and woman of the year. Matt…

Lincolnton officials break down funding for First Federal Park

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A community meeting will take place this evening so that the City of Lincolnton can procure public comments and ideas related to First Federal Park, which the city hopes to debut in the late spring of 2016. A financial breakdown of the sources of funding for…

No-kill supporters can’t gain traction at commission meeting

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Members of the Lincoln County-based Helping Animals To Survive filled the county’s Board of Commissioners chambers Monday night, though a healthy contingent of supporters wasn’t enough to change the minds of county officials. Tim O’Brien and Doug Woods spoke on behalf of the organization, which wanted…

Deputies: Man sold drugs near West Lincoln High

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Staff report A Vale man has been accused of selling drugs near West Lincoln High School by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Chandler Brad Harrison, 21, of 306 Alf Hoover Road, allegedly sold hydroponic marijuana within feet of the school during school hours on Thursday, according to deputies. Deputies said…

East Lincoln student named to All-American Bowl band

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Armed with a new Christmas gift and no idea how to use it, Jordan Burns took to the worldwide web for instruction. An eighth grader at the time, YouTube served as Burns’ music teacher when it came to perfecting the piccolo. Discouraged from giving up the…

Men on probation nabbed on meth charges

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Staff report Two Lincolnton men have been charged by the Lincolnton Police Department with felony possession of meth. Alex Forrest Moore, 57, and David Nathaniel Neal, 33, of 1037 Highland Bluff Court, were arrested on Friday after a search of Moore’s home at 714 Lithia Inn Road. Officers said the…

Properties seek historical designation from commissioners

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners will hold public hearings on three Lincolnton properties seeking historical landmark designation on Monday. The planning department will recommend approval of the designation for the Carrie L. Hopkins House at 208 North Oak Street, the Robert F. Hoke Cottage at 1200 General Hoke…

DSS celebrates new adoptions

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The two young children releasing balloons at Lincolnton’s Department of Social Services park on Friday let go of more than just strings. Liam Collins and Savanna Floyd officially released the uncertainty in the minds of their parents, once unsure this day would ever come. They were…

Man who confessed to murdering grandmother awaits trial

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A confession on June 6 that was culled by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Johnson will follow Chadwick Allen Bean to trial for the murder of his grandmother, Lucille Miller Punch. Punch, 77, of 482 Beth Haven Church Road, was stabbed to death on Feb.…

Embezzlement investigation of firefighter expands to church

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Since September, the State Bureau of Investigation has maintained an active investigation into the theft of funds from the Lincoln County Chapter of the North Carolina Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund and former Lincolnton Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Fortenberry, the group’s former treasurer. According to SBI…