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Pastor recognized for humanitarian work through state’s highest honor

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Order of the Long Leaf Pine presented to Rev. Joe Ervin   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Order of The Long Leaf Pine Society recognizes North Carolinians who demonstrate exemplary service or make exceptional contributions to the state or their communities. It is the most prestigious…

Puppy mill bill back in legislature

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the second time in two years, a bill that would regulate puppy mills successfully made its way through the North Carolina House of Representatives. House Bill 159, which passed by an 86-28 vote on April 22, was written to establish standards of care for large…

UDO on Planning Board agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When the Lincoln County Planning Board finishes discussing public hearing items at Monday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting and heads downstairs to continue its session, it is expected to finally form a recommendation on proposed changes to the county’s unified development ordinance. Previously, the East Lincoln…

Sheriff to commissioners: ‘I feel disrespected’

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  PHIL PERRY and ADAM LAWSON Staff Writers After Lincoln County commissioners held a marathon meeting on Tuesday to discuss the county budget one final time before it is presented at a May 18 meeting, Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter was very candid about his feelings toward commissioners — specifically,…

Howards Creek FD celebrates 50 years

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Firefighters come a long way since humble beginnings   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer There have been many changes since 1964. During that year, The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” topped the pop charts and the Ford Mustang debuted at New York’s World Fair. In western Lincoln County, a…

Deputies arrest two for drugs

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  Staff report Two men are facing felony drug charges after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators made arrests in eastern Lincoln County on Wednesday. Deputies saw what a press release described as a suspicious vehicle on Highway 16 and conducted a traffic stop on Highway 73 near the Hunter’s…

Schools may get athletics funding

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer If the Lincoln County Board of Education gets what it asks for, local high school athletics could get a significant funding boost. The board asked county commissioners for $20,000 for each of four area high schools to restore some funding for athletic needs. “If you’ve been…

Lincolnton locksmith opens up about 53-year business

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Of all the places someone could lose their keys, the building at 3623 Maiden Highway in Lincolnton certainly wouldn’t be an optimal location However, if an unfortunate soul did misplace a set in a business that holds thousands of them, at least they’d find themselves…

County aims to keep tax rate flat

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners held a five-hour-long meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss the impending county budget for a final time before it is officially presented to them at a May 18 meeting. County manager Kelly Atkins, finance director Deanna Rios and the five commissioners went through…

Donation of school inspires community

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Long Shoals School in Lincolnton served the community from 1934 until the early 1960s, when consolidation sent those who attended to the brand new Love Memorial Elementary School. Prior to 1934, the school was located on a lot just west of its current home, before it…