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Hydroponic, synthetic marijuana use rises

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two kinds of highly potent marijuana are on the rise in Lincoln County as recent nationwide drug trends hit area streets, city and county narcotics investigators said. Officers with both Lincolnton Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office have encountered synthetic and hydroponic versions…

Officers seek information after vehicles damaged, person injured in weekend BB gun shooting spree

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police said at least three men in a vehicle used a BB gun to shoot one person and over 20 vehicles in Lincolnton over the weekend. Officers have yet to make arrests in the case and are asking for help in identifying the suspects…

No charges yet from a knife fight between brothers

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Two brothers stabbed each other during an argument along a Lincolnton roadway, police said. Officers responded just after 11 p.m. Saturday to an area near the 1600 block of East Main Street and spotted a man lying in the roadway, bleeding from his…

Smitty’s Grill a labor of love for new owner

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The grill inside Westside Market on Reepsville Road in Lincolnton recently got a new owner. Lisa Smith started leasing the space, which was already fully furnished, and opened Smitty’s Grill on July 3. “I always wanted to do it,” said Smith, who previously spent…

Local firefighters help kids cool off

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Kids have some fun and get some relief from the heat on Friday after firefighters from the Lincolnton Fire Department opened a hydrant for them on Mauney Drive in Lincolnton.…

Filing closes for Lincolnton elections

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The slate of candidates for the Nov. 5 Lincolnton municipal election should be set, with the two-week filing period having closed Friday at noon. No new candidates threw their names in any of the three races up for contention last week. Likewise, with no…

Program checks in on seniors

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “They treat you like a human — not like anything’s wrong,”65-year-old Trudy Perkins said. Perkins is one of 15 Lincolnton residents who are part of the police department’s “R U OK” Program, designed to check on area senior citizens and other individuals who either…

Arson suspected in city fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Police are investigating a case of arson following an outbuilding blaze Wednesday night behind a city residence. The incident occurred just before 10:30 p.m. at 2025 Bost Street in Lincolnton, according to the Lincolnton Fire Department, which served as the scene’s primary responder. The…

Public meeting seeks comments on plans for Denver intersection

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   County officials are looking to map out the future growth for the interchange of N.C. 16 and N.C. 150, and they want to hear from the public throughout the planning process. Led by the Lincoln County Planning Board, the initiative will specifically seek…

Board of Elections members sworn in

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   New members to the Lincoln County Board of Elections were sworn in last week. Appointed by the State Board of Elections at the end of June, the new board will be made up of Republicans Wayne Mitchem and Charles Newman and Democrat Marsha Jordan.…