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Denver doctor launches East Lincoln Wellness Foundation

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   A Denver physician has launched a nonprofit to benefit those who struggle with the cost of medical attention and supplies within Lincoln County. The East Lincoln Wellness Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity, is aligning itself to make a difference in the lives of many…

County explores office move options

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   The long-planned idea of moving Lincoln County’s offices appears to be making its way toward a final decision by the Board of Commissioners. Public Works and Utilities director Don Chamblee presented the Board of Commissioners with three potential options and ballpark dollar figures for…

Cops, Criminals and Citizens: Who do body cameras protect?

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   In the tangled aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri killing of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown by law enforcement, there has been a collective push by civil rights activists, citizens and law enforcement for the implementation of body cameras for police agencies across…

Man allegedly robbed after stopping to help motorist

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   A man claims that he was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning after stopping to help what appeared to be a stranded motorist on Hill Road in Lincoln County while on his way to work. After agreeing to let the man use his cell…

Probation search nets drug charges

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  Staff report   A Lincolnton man has been arrested on drug charges following a probation search at his home. On Thursday, narcotics officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and probation officers searched the home of James Allen Harris, 52, at 112 D Street. The search yielded more than…

Office move, budget on agenda for commissioners

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Lincoln County manager Kelly Atkins said two separate special called meetings this week are a product of scheduling conflicts. It was announced on Thursday that the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners would meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the possible relocation of…

State OKs West Lincoln liquor store

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Residents of western Lincoln County will no longer have to drive to Cherryville or make the trek to Lincolnton to legally purchase liquor. Last week, North Carolina’s ABC Board approved the store, which will be located at the intersection of Highway 27 West and…

Spelling bee with a cause set for Tuesday

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   For the 18th time, adult groups of four will take part in an annual spelling bee at the James Warren Citizen Center in Lincolnton on Tuesday night. The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation are partnering in…

SWAT team deployed after man threatened officers on Facebook

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        A Maiden man was arrested in a raid by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team on Wednesday after threatening to kill law enforcement and probation officers. “The incident started on March 12, when probation/parole officers conducted a probation search at the home of Timothy Lee…

For Those About to Rock: Denver instructor promotes group learning

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      John Hatcher fosters fun, challenging environment   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Music instructors are no different than any other educator in the sense that they all have different styles, approaches and methods that ultimately reach the common goal of providing each student with a positive learning…