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Timeline unclear for depot relocation

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Carolina and North Western Railroad Freight Depot, which is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will soon rest at its new home in Newton where it can be preserved, observed and enjoyed by railroad and Lincolnton history enthusiasts. The depot became a…

Commissioners OK demolition of parts of Gamble Drive hospital

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In approving the demolition of portions of property at the former hospital facility at 200 Gamble Drive in Lincolnton, Lincoln County commissioners took a step forward Monday to moving county offices. Now county officials are tasked with finding new places for the departments that currently call…

Two dead in separate accidents

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Staff report Two people were killed in separate vehicle accidents in Lincoln County over the weekend. A man was killed Friday morning when a truck he was driving struck a guardrail near mile marker 30 on Highway 321 near the Lincoln County-Catawba County line, according to troopers with the North…

‘Siggy’ retires, YMCA celebrates tenure

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The impact that Siegfried “Siggy” Hegewald made on the community in 15 short years as facilities director for the Lincolnton YMCA was apparent on Thursday. Co-workers and friends gathered to send the German-born man with the big smile off into retirement with a bang. “I’m very…

Saine named budget chair

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When budget negotiations heated back up again in the North Carolina General Assembly last week, Lincoln County Rep. Jason Saine was appointed to a key role as state lawmakers continued to try to hammer out an agreement. Saine, a Republican who has served in the House…

Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame moving to new home

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer On July 3, 1966, Tony Cloninger did what no National League player had done before him. That Sunday, the Atlanta Braves righty blasted two two-out grand slams (one on a 3-0 count) and drove in nine runs to propel the Braves to a 17-3 win over…

Book celebrates war hero’s service

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Presented with an opportunity to tell a war story, Reginald Lanier couldn’t say no. The Lincolnton native and retired aircraft controller at Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a history buff, so when Linda McNeely Blanton asked him to write a book about her father and his…

Four more candidates enter Lincolnton race

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Three Republicans file for seats, Dems will face primary battle for Ward 2 PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Three Republicans filed to run in the City of Lincolnton primary election in September on Thursday, just 24 hours prior to the filing deadline today. One Democrat, Larry Houser, filed for the Ward…

Man facing armed robbery, meth charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton man is facing robbery and methamphetamine possession charges after a traffic stop by the Lincolnton Police Department on Saturday. Dustin Everett Beam, 29, of 1408 Laboratory Road, was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on Gaston Street Extension. Beam was wanted in connection with…

No Stranger to the Endangered: City, county collectively preserving spaces

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer North Carolina is primarily recognized by preservationists for its tobacco barns, mill villages and one-room schoolhouses. Many of these historic properties have been saved through federal, state and local grant incentives, while others have found new life through property owners with enough passion and capital to…