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Council hears from angry citizens

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council heard from some angry and persistent citizens during public comments at Thursday evening’s meeting. Despite voting to cut the newly imposed garbage fee in half during their July meeting, council members again heard complaints regarding the $5-a-month charge for trash pickup. Dr.…

Firefighters, MDA team up to ‘Fill the Boot’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer At least 25 Lincoln County firefighters will be stationed at area intersections this weekend collecting money for muscular dystrophy research and other diseases affecting the body’s muscle groups. The annual “Fill the Boot” fundraiser drew in more than $12,000 in Lincoln County alone last year, Assistant…

New Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen to be crowned Saturday

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A new Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen will be crowned Saturday, with this year’s scholarship pageant taking place 7 p.m. at the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The event is one of many leading up to the annual Apple Festival…

McHenry to hold town hall meeting

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, of North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, will be hosting a town-hall discussion Monday evening in Lincolnton for area constituents. McHenry is expected to give an update on recent legislative activity in the United States Congress and discuss what to expect in the…

Man airlifted after city motorcycle wreck

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton police said a 25-year-old Maiden man was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital after crashing his motorcycle Monday afternoon along a city street. Emergency Medical Services flew Christopher Allen Cottrell to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte following the incident, according to a police report. The…

Surveying the damage

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  Governor praises residents for their resilience JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Governor Pat McCrory visited various flood-damaged locations Tuesday afternoon throughout Lincoln and Catawba Counties. During his first stop, he surveyed the wreckage of a washed out bridge along Beam Lumber Road in Vale. He also arranged for a visit…

City Council to discuss contracts with county

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council is expected to set a date to further discuss proposed contracts with Lincoln County during its meeting Thursday night. One potential agreement that has long been discussed is regarding water negotiations. Mayor John Gilleland, who has often stressed Lincolnton’s need…

Unemployment rate rises for second month

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s jobless rate edged back up for the second month in a row, according to the latest figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Tuesday. For the month of June, the county saw its unemployment rate increase to 9.8 percent, up…

New art gallery set to open

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton resident Stacey Pilkington-Smith hopes a new art community will emerge with the grand opening of her business Gallery 27. The facility will host a “soft” opening today in order to work out any potential kinks, Pilkington-Smith said. She described the gallery as a place…

Two men rescued from river, then charged

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two men who became stranded on the South Fork River over the weekend after their canoe flipped during heavy flooding face alcohol violations, Lincoln County Emergency Management officials said. The Lincoln County Water Rescue Team, comprised of swift water rescue technicians from various county…