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Stolen trail camera sent back photos of suspects

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Staff report More than two dozen calls to law enforcement resulted in the arrest of two Lincolnton men accused of stealing a pair of trail cameras from a Lincolnton property. Billy Ray Green, Jr., 29, of 305 Elizabeth Avenue, and Scottie Andrew Brooks, 33, of 828 Hoffman Road, were charged…

Eaddy on sewer debtors: ‘Cut them off’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer If one of Lincolnton’s city councilmen has his way, delinquent sewer customers on “Route 90” will soon have their service cut off. The hitch to that plan is that those city sewer customers live outside the city limits, are served by the county for water and…

Local man given state’s highest honor

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Councilman works toward downtown park

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton City Councilman Devin Rhyne unveiled plans for a downtown park and green space at a council meeting Wednesday night. While the project is still in its infancy, Rhyne presented conceptual art, designed by Stacey Smith of Gallery 27. Features of the Downtown Park and green…

LHS solar oven project students cross borders

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton High School’s science students are examining the power of solar energy in a new light. Students from Kathy Bosiak’s Earth and Environmental Science class presented their final creations at a solar oven conference Wednesday morning. The assignment: to take a box of their choosing and…

Hospital donates new playhouse to daycare center

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Community leaders assembled at A Place to Grow on a mission: to breathe life into a newly acquired playhouse. “The playhouse is more than just a place where kids can play,” said Kathy Vinzant, executive director of United Way, in an email. “It’s going to allow…

Law enforcement passes on Pentagon program, purchases own weapons

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Carpenter: Independent expenditures more efficient PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As criminals have militarized their tactics, primarily in the drug trade, law enforcement has acted accordingly over the last two decades. Nationally, many police departments have loaded up on military-style gear like automatic weapons, night vision goggles and armored vehicles, through…

Burgin: ‘The hardest decision of my life’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The age-old saying, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life,” certainly rings true for Lincolnton fire chief David “Mitch” Burgin. Burgin will hang up his uniform for the last time and stroll into the next phase of his…

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office searches for safe cracker, car thief

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Staff report A stolen vehicle and missing tools have Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives searching for a Lincoln County man wanted in connection with a break-in at a western Lincoln County business. On Monday, while doing a check on the property at 2361 Ben Yount Lane in Vale, Deputy Barry…

LKN Quarry pushes to move closer to neighborhood

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer County Commissioners heard lengthy testimonies from a series of field experts regarding a request to expand the Lake Norman Quarry toward a residential neighborhood currently under construction at their meeting Monday night. The applicant, Hedrick Gravel and Sand Company, is requesting a conditional use district and…