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Oaklawn renovation more than groundbreaking

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As golden shovels with wooden handles pierced the earth at Oaklawn School in Lincolnton on Tuesday, the celebration of the near 100-year-old structure’s impending overhaul was music to the ears of over 40 people who found their way to the grassy knoll off of Linden Street.…

Trio busted by probation officers

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Staff report Three people were arrested on drug charges in Lincolnton after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators assisted state probation and parole officers during a search of a home on Monday. Officers seized 13 bags containing a total of 60 grams of marijuana, two grams of cocaine, two tablets…

Oaklawn renovation set to get under way

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The Oaklawn School was once a thriving, vibrant educational institution for African Americans in Lincolnton. But, for more than a decade, the building has essentially sat empty, and damage from a roof leak and deterioration have dramatically dimmed what was once a shining light in the…

Marshals catch fugitive murder suspect in city

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Staff report A man wanted in a 2003 Norfolk, Virginia murder was apprehended by U.S. Marshals with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Friday. Adam District deputies assisted Marshal’s Service agents in apprehending Shawn Terrell Greer, 38, at his residence at 116 Lakewood Avenue in Lincolnton in…

Former Lincolnton pastor charged with sexual battery against child in Fl.

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Staff report A former Lincolnton pastor was arrested early in January in Volusia County, Florida on a Duval County warrant for sexual battery of a person under 12 years old. Michael Wayne Hill, 52, previously served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor in Lincolnton and Shelby but, when arrested, was serving…

Deadline set for Art Crawl’s artist registration

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Staff report The Lincolnton Art Crawl committee is extending an open call for local artists who would like to participate in the annual spring art crawl and studio tour. Downtown Lincolnton will host the event on March 13 and the first studio tour on March 14. Restaurants and businesses will…

Commissioners to consider $371k upgrade to Crouse landfill

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will consider a contract for a $371,000 expansion of the county landfill in Crouse at a meeting tonight. According to public documents, the landfill will reach its capacity in the next 3-4 years and a new lined cell is required to allow the…

Man charged with 161 felonies for child rape

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Staff report A Vale man who was arrested in December by Lincolnton Police on charges that he raped a child received a total of 162 additional charges on Tuesday, according to a press release. Danny Lee Hensley, 40, of 7873 Matthew Miller Road, was charged by police with 80 felony…

More suspects nabbed for robbery

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Staff report An 18-year-old Lincolnton man has been arrested in connection with an assault and robbery that allegedly took place during a drug deal on Jan. 17. A 16-year-old has already been arrested in the case and warrants have been secured against another 18-year-old suspect. A 15-year-old suspect was also…

Heavner tapped as interim fire chief

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton Fire Department chief Mitch Burgin hangs up his uniform for the last time at the end of January, he will leave a void at the station that has been filled with his professionalism and dedicated service to the community where he grew up, just…