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City Council approves naming rights for Lincolnton park

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council unanimously approved a motion to extend naming rights for the new city park that will be located at the “old depot” on North Poplar Street. First Federal Bank will make a $50,000 contribution up front and pay $5,000 annually for five years to complete…

Proposed budget highlights council’s regular session

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A presentation by City Manager Jeff Emory regarding the 2015-16 fiscal budget will highlight Lincolnton’s City Council’s regular session on Thursday. The budget is one of the most anticipated in recent years. The city has absorbed the shock of the closing of Mohican Mills, its…

Iron Station students get ready for ‘Annie’

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Sixty-four Iron Station Elementary School students have the unenviable task of reducing a Broadway and silver screen classic to a 30-minute performance at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton on Thursday night. However, if Iron Station music teacher Aubrey Bridges’ intuitions are…

Relay for Life held in city

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Second ABC store opens in city

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The western Lincolnton ABC Store officially opened for business this morning. The store, located at 627 Riverside Drive, joins the main location on Stanford Road in Boger City as a city liquor option. It will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. from Monday-Saturday. The…

Sheriff’s Office loses top narcotics lieutenant to Catawba County

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Starting May 11, Jason Reid will have a much shorter commute to work. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics lieutenant and father of two has accepted a position leading the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office’s narcotics, vice and interdiction unit where his father, Coy Reid, serves as…

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,…