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Churches celebrate Ash Wednesday

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than 100 members from seven different Lincoln County churches gathered Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Lincolnton to commemorate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. For more than 35 years, the Community Lenten Series has taken place, each…

City Council approves DDA contracts

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincolnton City Council members debated several contracts with the Downtown Development Association at their meeting Thursday night. DDA Board Chair Brooke Sherrill asked council members to consider at contract between the city and the DDA for the 2014 Alive After Five Concert series. The…

Landlord threatens action against city over sinkholes

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   A Lincolnton mobile home park owner is taking action against the city this week. Lincoln County resident Martha Finger says she has struggled with an overflowing creek nearby and storm water running down Elizabeth Avenue and flooding her property, causing extensive damage to her…

No one injured when bus strikes deputy’s cruiser

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer   A bus carrying two Lincoln County high school athletic teams Wednesday afternoon collided with a deputy’s patrol vehicle, troopers said. The incident took place around 3 p.m. on N.C. 150 East, according to Trooper B. Black with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. North…

Students to participate in robotics tournament

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Thirteen robotics teams from Lincoln County schools will compete in RoboLincoln this weekend. CyberKids Robotics hosts the countywide tournament, a non-profit education program designed by creator Kathy Kent in 2004. According to Kent, the program assists schools in developing science, technology, engineering and math…

Company announces $18 million investment, 100 jobs for county

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The largest privately held manufacturer and distributer of healthcare supplies in the United States has announced plans to open a new, state-of-the art medical supply distribution center in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. Medline Industries, Inc. announced its decision to expand to North Carolina…

Shea development scores victory with commissioners

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    Eastern Lincoln County housing development clears zoning hurdle, Rescue Squad Park tabled due to budget ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners rendered their final verdict on the contentious Shea Homes development at its meeting Monday night. The board voted unanimously to approve the rezoning…

City cops targeting suspected dealers

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police targeted at least 30 area suspects Wednesday morning accused of selling and buying drugs within the City of Lincolnton. The operation, dubbed “March Madness,” is the first drug roundup for the Lincolnton Police Department this year. Agency officials said the effort is part…

City Council to decide on rezoning requests

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincolnton City Council members will discuss several applications for conditional use permits at their meeting on Thursday. BTR Communities Group, LLC is requesting the conditional use rezoning of 9.77 acres of land from Planned Business to Conditional Use Residential Multi-Family. The applicant wishes to…

Chase leads to crash and arrest

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  Loftis   JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer   A Dallas man led local deputies on a nearly 20-mile vehicle chase before crashing into a ditch Saturday morning, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour in an attempt to stop the man’s…