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Man charged with felony for hash oil

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Staff report A Georgia man is facing felony drug charges in Lincoln County after being found in possession of hash oil, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop on Wednesday, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Office public information officer Larry Seagle said in an email…

Local conservation project rejuvenates county stream

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Initiative restores Hoyle Creek on Lincolnton’s Keever Farms PHIL PERRY Staff Writer About 2,000 feet of stream will be restored in Lincolnton as the quality of water and eroding banks along the vein are undergoing the final phase of a facelift, providing fresh vegetation and a crossing for cattle and…

Ride-A-Bike pedaling out of Lincolnton

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Since 1981, Ride-A-Bike has provided Lincolnton and even regional biking enthusiasts with easy access to mountain, road, racing and youth and beginner bicycles, coupled with parts, service and, recently, custom wheel design work. In late April, the store’s patrons will have to travel to Gastonia to…

St. Luke’s Episcopal embraces new rector

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Since August, Pastor Rosa Erickson, 57, has led St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lincolnton. Erickson comes to Lincoln County via Tennessee and has been well received by the congregation. Former rector Father G. Miles Smith came to St. Luke’s in 2008 and left the area in…

Phase I of county office move gets under way

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Last month, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted to proceed with the relocation of several county offices out of downtown Lincolnton into the 160,000 square-foot facility at the old Lincoln County Hospital. The plan is for the site to house nearly 20 county departments. The…

Forest Service investigating fire that destroyed manufacturer

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The North Carolina Forest Service is investigating a fire that destroyed a manufacturer in Denver on Sunday. The blaze began as a brush fire, investigators said. “We are in the very early stages of this investigation,” Chase Payne said. The Lincoln County forest ranger was able…

Machine gun, SWAT gear stolen

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Staff report A submachine gun and a firearm and law enforcement gear were stolen during a break-in of a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s home and patrol vehicle, reported Sunday in Catawba County. Sgt. Robert Jefferies returned on Sunday morning from a weekend trip to find that his home and…

Deputies: Woman took more than $100k

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Staff report A Catawba County woman has been charged with stealing from her employer by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they’ve been investigating Donna Marie Varin, 50, of 2540 Pinnacle Drive in Catawba, for nearly two months. She’s been charged with one felony count of embezzlement in excess…

Council approves study for downtown developments

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to endorse the concept and design of three upscale developments containing 38 new multi-family units within the city and to examine the projected cost of upgrading utility services to support the project. Prior to the meeting, Ward II councilman…

Firefighters battle massive blaze in Denver

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A brush fire off of Deer Track Drive in eastern Lincoln County resulted in an East Lincoln plant being destroyed by fire on Sunday. Universal Rubber Products, just off of Highway 16, is located adjacent to Forest Oak Drive. The call initially came in to the…