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Newly elected city officials sworn in

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council members honored their election winners — two incumbent council members and a newly elected councilman — during the swearing in ceremony at their meeting Thursday night. “I am looking forward to doing some great things with this council, things that will make Lincolnton…

Preparing to play a Christmas tune

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Man will not serve prison time for accidental deaths

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A judge deemed Thursday that an eastern Lincoln County man would not serve prison time in the April death of his daughter and nephew. Judge Ali Paksoy determined there was not enough probable cause to convict Jordan Keely Arwood, 32, of involuntary manslaughter. Arwood was charged…

Woman accused of stealing from Good Samaritan

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Denver woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in coins, cash and ammunition from a man she and her husband were staying with at the time, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Nadine Marie Gearhart, 38, of 2325 McCloud Street, stole at least $5,000…

Arts Council’s annual Festival of Trees set to begin

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Attendants at this year’s third annual Festival of Trees gala, sponsored by the Arts Council of Lincoln County, may be shocked to find themselves, family members or childhood friends covering the walls of the old Lincolnton hospital. A number of black and white photos depicting life…

Vote delayed after marathon meeting on solar farm

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Tensions were high at the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night as county residents fought against the construction of a solar farm near their neighborhood. The auditorium at the Citizens Center was packed with residents from the SailView neighborhood and others near the proposed…

Agents bust another meth lab

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A western Lincoln County man remains behind bars after deputies said they arrested him Monday for harboring a one-pot methamphetamine lab inside his residence. Narcotics investigators located the lab just before 5:30 p.m. on the 7100 block of Doyle Beam Memorial Road in Vale,…

No fault found with library director

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  Staff report   After completing a month-long investigation, Lincoln County officials have determined that allegations of misconduct, mismanagement and misuse of funds leveled against Library Director Jennifer Sackett appear to be unsupported. Several library employees expressed their concerns to county leadership in late October. According to County Manager Tracy…

New child abuse laws take effect

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The arrival of December brought several new laws regarding child protection into effect in North Carolina. The laws were passed during the last session of the North Carolina’s General Assembly. According to Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, more than 134,000 children from the state were referred…

Blake named Chamber’s Woman of the Year

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer     Lincolnton businesswoman Terri Blake was named the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year at the Chamber’s recent annual banquet. The Lincolnton Business and Professional Women’s Club presented Blake, a lifetime resident of Lincoln County, with the award. “It’s a…