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Deputies: Man sold drugs near West Lincoln High

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Staff report A Vale man has been accused of selling drugs near West Lincoln High School by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Chandler Brad Harrison, 21, of 306 Alf Hoover Road, allegedly sold hydroponic marijuana within feet of the school during school hours on Thursday, according to deputies. Deputies said…

East Lincoln student named to All-American Bowl band

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Armed with a new Christmas gift and no idea how to use it, Jordan Burns took to the worldwide web for instruction. An eighth grader at the time, YouTube served as Burns’ music teacher when it came to perfecting the piccolo. Discouraged from giving up the…

Men on probation nabbed on meth charges

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Staff report Two Lincolnton men have been charged by the Lincolnton Police Department with felony possession of meth. Alex Forrest Moore, 57, and David Nathaniel Neal, 33, of 1037 Highland Bluff Court, were arrested on Friday after a search of Moore’s home at 714 Lithia Inn Road. Officers said the…

Properties seek historical designation from commissioners

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners will hold public hearings on three Lincolnton properties seeking historical landmark designation on Monday. The planning department will recommend approval of the designation for the Carrie L. Hopkins House at 208 North Oak Street, the Robert F. Hoke Cottage at 1200 General Hoke…

DSS celebrates new adoptions

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The two young children releasing balloons at Lincolnton’s Department of Social Services park on Friday let go of more than just strings. Liam Collins and Savanna Floyd officially released the uncertainty in the minds of their parents, once unsure this day would ever come. They were…

Man who confessed to murdering grandmother awaits trial

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A confession on June 6 that was culled by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Johnson will follow Chadwick Allen Bean to trial for the murder of his grandmother, Lucille Miller Punch. Punch, 77, of 482 Beth Haven Church Road, was stabbed to death on Feb.…

Embezzlement investigation of firefighter expands to church

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Since September, the State Bureau of Investigation has maintained an active investigation into the theft of funds from the Lincoln County Chapter of the North Carolina Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund and former Lincolnton Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Fortenberry, the group’s former treasurer. According to SBI…

Curtis backs plan to void I-77 contract

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A Lincoln County lawmaker is asking the governor to make a last-minute decision to void the I-77 toll lane contract with a Spain-based company. David Curtis (R-Lincoln, Iredell, Gaston), in conjunction with Cornelius Republican Senator Jeff Tarte, Cornelius Republican Rep. John Bradford and Huntersville Republican Rep.…

Community meeting set for city’s new First Federal Park

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  Feedback from the public encouraged by city officials   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A community meeting has been organized by the City of Lincolnton to further open the lines of communication between city leaders and the community regarding First Federal Park. “I believe this is a very important step…

Suspects in Vale theft arrested in Pennsylvania

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives have charged two Catawba County residents in connection with an Oct. 28 theft from a home on Trinity Church Road in Vale. The victim told detectives that firearms, a wedding band and cash were stolen from his home. He said his granddaughter, Holly…