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Deputies arrest two for drugs

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  Staff report Two men are facing felony drug charges after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators made arrests in eastern Lincoln County on Wednesday. Deputies saw what a press release described as a suspicious vehicle on Highway 16 and conducted a traffic stop on Highway 73 near the Hunter’s…

Schools may get athletics funding

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer If the Lincoln County Board of Education gets what it asks for, local high school athletics could get a significant funding boost. The board asked county commissioners for $20,000 for each of four area high schools to restore some funding for athletic needs. “If you’ve been…

Lincolnton locksmith opens up about 53-year business

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Of all the places someone could lose their keys, the building at 3623 Maiden Highway in Lincolnton certainly wouldn’t be an optimal location However, if an unfortunate soul did misplace a set in a business that holds thousands of them, at least they’d find themselves…

County aims to keep tax rate flat

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners held a five-hour-long meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss the impending county budget for a final time before it is officially presented to them at a May 18 meeting. County manager Kelly Atkins, finance director Deanna Rios and the five commissioners went through…

Donation of school inspires community

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Long Shoals School in Lincolnton served the community from 1934 until the early 1960s, when consolidation sent those who attended to the brand new Love Memorial Elementary School. Prior to 1934, the school was located on a lot just west of its current home, before it…

Hit list found at WLMS

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will increase its presence at West Lincoln Middle School today after two students found what appeared to be a hit list at the school. The note was found in a bathroom at the school, located at 260 Shoal Road in Lincolnton, on Tuesday.…

School robotics team tackles drones

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The 10 members of East Lincoln Middle School’s CyberKids Robotics team should be forgiven for feeling a bit antsy. After growing accustomed to participating in their extracurricular, after-school activity each September, the students had to wait quite a bit longer this year. “That was the most…

Deputies: Man had pound of marijuana

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Staff report A Denver man has been charged with possessing more than a pound of marijuana following a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office interdiction operation. Terry Jacob Knox, 26, of 1250 Brook Path Trail, was arrested on Monday near the intersection of Optimist Club Road and Oakbrook Lane after being stopped…

Relay for Life gears up for 21st annual city event

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The American Cancer Society will celebrate Lincolnton’s 21st annual Relay for Life event on Court Square with a kick-off on May 1. According to the Relay for Life website, it is “the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer.” The Lincolnton event…

‘Best friends’ retire together

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  Underwoods leave mark on county’s band, theater culture     PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   For North Lincoln High School teachers Neil and Joanna Underwood, the road to retirement was filled with many thrills and milestones. They celebrate over 60 collective years as educators, most of which were spent…