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Deputies: Trio charged with trafficking cocaine

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Staff report Three Gaston County residents have been charged with trafficking more than an ounce of cocaine in Lincoln County after a Sheriff’s Office surveillance operation on Tuesday. Deputies said investigators watched a drug deal while conducting surveillance in the 3200 block of Gastonia Highway, south of Lincolnton. They later…

Council votes not to honor winning bid on caboose

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The caboose at the old railroad depot on North Poplar Street, which sold on a government auction website for $8,000, might be staying put. After the sale, Lincolnton City Manager Jeff Emory told the winner of the auction that he would not be able to pick…

Story time at East Lincoln Middle School

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Big rig enthusiast keeps on truckin’

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Varied collection draws attention from TV series, fans from across the country PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Brad Wike has nearly 100 trucks on his property. Some of them are waiting in a long line to be restored to their former glory. Some will become “parts trucks” and simply serve as…

Overcrowding forces animals outside shelter

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For Lincoln County Animal Services, a recent surge in overcrowding, particularly with cats, has forced some animals outside, with the implementation of mobile cages. “We had one day where we took in 35 cats,” manager David Workman said. “Our intake volume has risen in recent weeks…

Deputies: Man had sex with 13-year-old girl

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Lincoln County, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Mark Emmanuel Olivos-Martinez, 26, of the 4600 block of Langden Gate Drive, was arrested on Lincoln County charges of one felony count each of statutory rape and taking…

State grant would help repair homes for elderly

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Four elderly Lincoln County residents stand to benefit from a Community Development Block Grant this summer, but that’s only if bidders decide it’s worth their time to help. Companies wishing to do construction on four homes have until 2 p.m. on Tuesday to submit sealed bids…

Nonprofits get pinched in Senate budget

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Among the fundamental differences between the North Carolina House’s budget plan, passed in March, and the Senate’s plan passed earlier in June, is a tax plan that could threaten the state’s nonprofit industry. Rep. Jason Saine, the House finance chairman and a Republican who serves Lincoln…

Prayers for unity, offers of forgiveness

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Victims of Charleston shooting memorialized at vigil ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Like the rest of the 30 or so who gathered at Providence Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, Debra Williams knew none of the nine victims fatally shot following a Bible study at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church two…

Mail carrier dies when tree falls on vehicle

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Staff report A United States Postal Service worker died on Saturday in Denver when a large tree fell on her vehicle. Lisa Rudisill Wilkerson, 43, of Sherrill’s Ford Road in Sherrill’s Ford, was delivering mail to a home on Norman Court owned by U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry at around 4:45…