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Reality TV show leads to opening of tattoo parlor for ‘Dutchess’

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Though she grew up a small-town girl, Crystana Lattimore has long held big-world aspirations. After graduating from Lincolnton High School in 2002, Lattimore moved to Greensboro, where she later earned a master’s degree from North Carolina A&T. It was there that she first learned tattoo artistry,…

Fourth person arrested in connection with meth lab

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a fourth person in connection with a meth lab discovered on Tuesday on Loomis Street in Lincolnton. Joey Lister Jones, 41, of 313 West First Street in Cherryville, was arrested on Saturday and charged with one felony count each of manufacturing…

State audit finds minor issues at Clerk of Court office

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer North Carolina’s state auditor identified two deficiencies in a Nov. 10 audit report of the Lincoln County Superior Court. State auditor Beth Wood determined that the Clerk of Court’s office featured improper system access that put it at risk for undetected errors and fraud. Additionally, she…

Weekend concert will benefit Toys for Tots

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A gospel concert has been scheduled to benefit the Lincoln County Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive for the 2015 holiday season. Toys for Tots coordinator Sherry Trevino is appreciative of the efforts of the four musical groups who are donating their talent for the…

Community meeting for First Federal Park sparsely attended

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer If you were to subtract the city officials, employees, First Federal Savings CEO Wayne Hoyle, members of the press and the architect that was present to answer questions regarding the proposed First Federal Park, there were perhaps 10 Lincolnton citizens present to ask questions and learn…

Students load shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer This week, students at Pumpkin Center Intermediate School could measure their success by the car load. The school’s drive to collect supplies yielded 122 shoeboxes full of goodies for Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project. Since 1993, OCC has collected 124 million gift-filled boxes for…

Three arrested for Lincolnton meth lab

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Staff report Three people were arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday for their alleged involvement with a meth lab. Detectives went to a residence near the 3100 block of Loomis Street in Lincolnton to investigate a complaint about drug activity, according to a press release from the…

Healing Tree hopes to comfort families affected by Alzheimer’s

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Thirty or so people gathered together Monday morning, encircling a tree while carrying tokens of painful memories. They were gathered to commemorate Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and the “Healing Tree” served as the mechanism to do so. Many had miniature purple ribbons to affix to the tree,…

Chamber banquet set for Thursday

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincolnton-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce will host its annual banquet Thursday evening at The Laboratory Mill in Lincolnton. The proceedings begin at 7 p.m. and will include the presentation of various awards, including industry, volunteer, new member, ambassador and man and woman of the year. Matt…

Lincolnton officials break down funding for First Federal Park

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A community meeting will take place this evening so that the City of Lincolnton can procure public comments and ideas related to First Federal Park, which the city hopes to debut in the late spring of 2016. A financial breakdown of the sources of funding for…