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Downtown park gets closer to reality

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When the City of Lincolnton purchased the old depot plot on Poplar Street for $120,000 in February, it was first thought that the park could be up and running by August. City Council members have confirmed that this target date may be hopefully optimistic. “Our biggest…

Keep on Rocking: Lincolnton woman transforms property

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Treks to mountains yield stones for backyard designs PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Just a short drive off of Highway 150 in Lincolnton, there’s a sanctuary that can be found nestled on a plot of land in a lightly wooded area. The sanctuary wasn’t man made. It was made by one…

Deputies: Woman sold fake methamphetamine

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman is facing felony drug charges after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies allegedly made undercover drug buys from her and later searched her residence. Kimberly Lynn Bivens, 40, of 1231 Betterbrook Lane, was charged with three felony counts, one each of possession with the intent to…

Library celebrates 90 years

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Scores of Lincoln County citizens stopped by the Charles R. Jonas Library in Lincolnton on Thursday, helping to celebrate its 90th birthday by eating cake, taking note of exhibits set up for the occasion and mingling with library staff. A giant cake was prepared for the…

ELHS grad headed to Naval Academy

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For Tyler Mispley, Thursday morning’s reception signified all he had worked for to redeem the disappointments of a year ago. Mispley, a Stanley native and East Lincoln High School graduate, was passed over for a Naval Academy appointment in 2014. Undeterred, he re-applied and began…

County celebrates Memorial Day

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Veterans, officials honor soldiers that gave their lives   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer It was appropriately beautiful. A crowd of more than 80 gathered around the Lincoln County War Memorial on the eastern grounds of the courthouse on Monday morning to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice…

Woman still missing one year later

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Staff report A Lincoln County woman has been missing for a year, Sheriff’s Office deputies said. Toasha Nicole Rice was last seen leaving a friend’s home on Eaker Road in western Lincoln County. She got into a black four-door sedan with a white female driver on May 26, 2014 and…

Judge hears Strata Solar case

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Superior court judge Yvonne Mims Evans didn’t render a decision on Tuesday afternoon, but she did say that whatever rule she did make would likely work its way to the Court of Appeals in Raleigh and, maybe, eventually reach the state Supreme Court. The matter of…

Cultural Center keeps connecting public with arts community

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When Cathy Davis has a rare chance to relax and needs to clear her head, she simply walks up a flight of stairs and takes a seat. There, on the second floor of the Lincoln Cultural Center, she can free her mind. “When I just need…

Teen driver arrested in girl’s death

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Staff report Juan Leonardo, 18, was served arrest warrants on Saturday by the Lincolnton Police Department in connection with a May 17 accident in Lincolnton that left 14-year-old Beatriz Garcia dead. In the accident, Leonardo hit a curb while traveling on North Aspen Street and crashed into Jesus Name Ministerial…