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Restaurant owner receives state recognition for downtown efforts

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Osama Yousef, owner of Court Street Grille and previous chair of Lincolnton’s Downtown Development Association, was among those recognized by the North Carolina Department of Commerce for their efforts last year with the N.C. Main Street and Small Town Main Street programs. The awards were handed…

Veteran Lutheran minister Keck takes pulpit at Salem

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Salem Lutheran and United Church of Christ in Lincolnton recently welcomed interim pastor Rev. Dr. David R. Keck Sr., a nearly five-decade veteran of the field and former paper boy for the Lincoln Times-News, after being without a pastor for more than a year. The…

County weighs spending $1.8M to lure more jobs

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  Commissioners to consider spec building proposal Mon. SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Whether to move forward with a proposal to build a $1.8 million, publicly funded speculative building in one of the county’s industrial parks will be a matter of discussion by the Board of Commissioners during its meeting Monday…

Deputies: Traffic stop turns up $40K in meth

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies located $40,000 worth of methamphetamine inside a Catawba County man’s vehicle Wednesday morning during a traffic stop in the parking lot of an area shopping center, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Eloy Hernandez Hernandez, 26, of 650 East First Street, Apt. 7,…

Severe storm system leaves Lincoln mostly unscathed

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  County reports few incidents after preparing for worst JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While Lincoln County emergency crews received multiple reports of fallen tree branches and one downed tree Thursday evening after heavy winds and rain tore through the region, county officials said the area narrowly escaped an encounter with…

Schools seek to control access

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  FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   Magnetically coded entry cards and vestibule-type holding areas for visitors appear to be in the works at most Lincoln County elementary and middle schools. Board members discussed the new security measures and other options during a special called committee session Thursday evening. The schools…

Essay contest winners

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Cool John Ferguson set to bring his Southern roots guitar back to Lincolnton

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Carolina native Cool John Ferguson, a seasoned “Southern roots” musician whom legendary blues artist Taj Mahal once considered to be among the top five guitar players in the world, will make his second appearance Saturday evening at the Lincoln Cultural Center. “He is just awesome…

Final Cherryville suspect pleads

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A former Cherryville police officer has become the final person accused in a federal investigation to plead guilty. Frankie Dellinger, 40, of Cherryville entered a guilty plea Thursday to: One count of money laundering, for which he could serve two decades in…

Luck runs out for sweepstakes centers

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police and deputies have been teaming up to shut down Internet sweepstakes gaming centers accused of trying to illegally reopen more than a month after the North Carolina Supreme Court unanimously upheld the state’s 2010 ban, outlawing the particular type of activity as gambling.…