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Trading Places: Popular restaurants on the move

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A pair of popular Lincolnton restaurants will soon find themselves in new locations. Red Fish Grill exited its location at 421 N. Generals Boulevard on May 2 and is destined to move into the former 36th Street Bakery building at 101 N. Court Square…

Event celebrates 235th anniversary of Battle of Ramsour’s Mill

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton unites for the 235th anniversary of the fight between the Whigs of the American Patriot Militia and the British Loyalists (Tories) this weekend, the battle of Ramsour’s Mill will be celebrated through re-enactment. The battle that took place on June 20, 1780 saw the…

Group threatens lawsuit against Lincoln County

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In an email sent on Monday, a Washington, D.C. religious liberty watchdog group warned Lincoln County commissioners not to ban non-Christian prayer from government meetings and gave commissioners 30 days to respond. The letter, sent from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, comes in…

City appears to avoid tax hike

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer It has been a challenging budget season for officials and department heads with the City of Lincolnton. While navigating lost water and sewer revenue, a second loss in five years in revenue via tax revaluations and the ever-rising cost of employee health insurance, the city looks…

Pair accused of selling meth

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Staff report A Kings Mountain man and woman are facing felony drug charges after they allegedly sold more than an ounce of methamphetamine to undercover officers on Friday. The drugs had a value of $1,800-$3,000, depending on how they were packaged for sale, deputies said. Following the purchase, narcotics investigators…

Restaurant owners spar over Gastonia location

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The battle for a Gastonia property has pitted two Lincoln County restaurant owners against each other, with Gastonia’s City Council as the referee. Members of the council voted 6-1 to reject bids for the rights to the former Webb Theater from Byron Sackett’s Homesteads Grill &…

Habitat pitches in at Oaklawn

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Habitat for Humanity volunteers work to build ties in community ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County held a “women build” on Saturday, aiming to recruit female volunteers to spruce up the Head Start school in the Oaklawn neighborhood. “Women build is a project particular to…

Sewer debtors continue to sting city

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As the City of Lincolnton carves away at the 2015-16 budget, one albatross around the neck of the city lies in uncollected sewer debt from some Route 90 customers, who haven’t paid their sewer bills in over five years. For most utility providers, the easy solution…

Commissioners consider tax increase, pay bump for county employees

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners conducted a budget workshop for the third time this year on Wednesday, recommending restoring Sheriff’s Office and EMS vehicle funding, upping the county’s tax rate and granting county employees a raise in the process. The meeting started with County Manager Kelly Atkins…

Kiser educator named ‘Teacher of the Year’

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For Kelly Withrow, the accolades keep pouring in. In September, the F.D. Jack Kiser Intermediate School fourth grade instructor was recognized with a Hometown Hero Teacher Appreciation Award. More recently, she was named her school’s Teacher of the Year for the second time in her career.…