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Lincoln County Animal Services supervisor calls it quits

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In addition to a new director, Lincoln County is now searching for a supervisor in the animal services department. Ryan Curry is stepping down from his post at the end of the month to manage the Hickory Petco, according to shelter director David Workman. Workman will…

Airport Authority to honor Bo Abernethy

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Airport Authority will honor a man on Tuesday who worked behind the scenes to ensure that what was once a dream would become a reality in 1986. W.A. “Bo” Abernethy Jr. negotiated the land contracts that brought the 473-acre airport to life. The realtor…

Charlotte man arrested on felony pot charges

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been charged with possessing a quarter-pound of high-grade marijuana. Samuel Donovan Lawing, 20, of Barton Creek Drive, was arrested following a traffic stop on Highway 73 in eastern Lincoln County. Deputies said they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the former Lincolnton…

Saine continues to push NC puppy mill bill

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Legislation aimed at curbing North Carolina puppy mills continues to sit in a state Senate redistricting committee nearly 11 months after receiving heavy bipartisan support from House lawmakers. The bill, introduced by Lincolnton Rep. Jason Saine last March, would require commercial breeders with 10 or more…

Crouse man arrested on meth charges

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Staff report A Crouse man has been arrested on felony methamphetamine charges. James Norman Merriam, 38, of Swanson Road, was charged on Friday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after a search warrant was executed at his home. Deputies said they seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during the raid. Deputies…

Lincolnton Optimist Club starts fund for family of Kandace Helms

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincolnton Optimist Club has started an emergency fund for the Helms family. On Tuesday morning, Kandace Helms was killed in an automobile accident after a truck crossed the centerline and hit her head-on. Her sons, aged 7 and 2, survived the crash. The Helms family…

City plans to reorganize Lincolnton Business and Community Development

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Officials with the city of Lincolnton have confirmed a plan to reorganize the Business and Community Development department through the relocation of personnel and a realignment of duties. “This is a topic of restructuring for maximum efficiency,” interim City Manager Steve Zickefoose said. “Since it does…

Pint-sized principals take over St. James Elementary

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Two Lincoln County first graders traded in their books and sneakers Thursday for a brief administrative role at St. James Elementary School. Virginia Painter and Stella Bradley, both 7 years old, served as the school’s principal and assistant principal for a day, respectively, after their names…

Saine: Trump doesn’t truly represent GOP

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Less than a week before North Carolina holds its presidential primary, state Rep. Jason Saine let it be known that he will not board the Trump train. Saine, a Lincoln County Republican, held a joint press conference Wednesday in Raleigh at the North Carolina State Capitol…

Mundy House hosts ‘Family Tree Art Project’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Thanks to a grassroots grant from the Arts Council of Lincoln County, the Lincoln County Historical Association will host the first Mundy House Family Tree Art Project. The purpose of the project is to teach students the multimedia transfer process, add an artistic touch to a…