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Pair found passed out at gas station, arrested for drugs

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      Staff report   A man and woman are facing drug charges after deputies allegedly found them passed out inside a vehicle at a gas station in western Lincoln County on Saturday. Whitney Doral Sain and Travis Shane Bivens were found in a vehicle parked in front of…

Downtown development inching closer to reality

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   As the City of Lincolnton collectively anticipates a groundbreaking for three separate structures that would produce a total of 38 multi-family units in the downtown area, approval of the Smart Growth Incentive Grant offered by the city must be endorsed by county commissioners…

Search for missing woman comes up empty

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      Staff report   A Lincolnton woman is still missing after a search of several bodies of water and woods in and around Lincolnton by the Lincolnton Police Department and the Lincoln County Special Operations Team. The two groups searched the Clarks Creek water system and the South…

Denver doctor launches East Lincoln Wellness Foundation

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   A Denver physician has launched a nonprofit to benefit those who struggle with the cost of medical attention and supplies within Lincoln County. The East Lincoln Wellness Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity, is aligning itself to make a difference in the lives of many…

County explores office move options

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   The long-planned idea of moving Lincoln County’s offices appears to be making its way toward a final decision by the Board of Commissioners. Public Works and Utilities director Don Chamblee presented the Board of Commissioners with three potential options and ballpark dollar figures for…

Cops, Criminals and Citizens: Who do body cameras protect?

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   In the tangled aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri killing of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown by law enforcement, there has been a collective push by civil rights activists, citizens and law enforcement for the implementation of body cameras for police agencies across…

Man allegedly robbed after stopping to help motorist

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   A man claims that he was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning after stopping to help what appeared to be a stranded motorist on Hill Road in Lincoln County while on his way to work. After agreeing to let the man use his cell…

Probation search nets drug charges

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  Staff report   A Lincolnton man has been arrested on drug charges following a probation search at his home. On Thursday, narcotics officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and probation officers searched the home of James Allen Harris, 52, at 112 D Street. The search yielded more than…

Office move, budget on agenda for commissioners

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Lincoln County manager Kelly Atkins said two separate special called meetings this week are a product of scheduling conflicts. It was announced on Thursday that the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners would meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the possible relocation of…

State OKs West Lincoln liquor store

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Residents of western Lincoln County will no longer have to drive to Cherryville or make the trek to Lincolnton to legally purchase liquor. Last week, North Carolina’s ABC Board approved the store, which will be located at the intersection of Highway 27 West and…

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