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Lincolnton Middle hosts ‘Athletes For Academics’

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Lincolnton Middle School principal Dana Ayers was searching for a way to reach her students to promote the importance of education. She knew that she had to get their attention in order to reach them. With the focus on athletics being so strong…

Lincolnton drama club to perform ‘Godspell’

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   According to Lincolnton High School drama club and choir teacher Shane Stephens, finding the right material for the talent is a big part of putting on a successful production. “I have a very diverse group of students and I was looking for something…

Deputies: Felon tried to sell guns

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      Staff report   A Lincoln County felon and his wife have been arrested on weapons charges following an investigation by Lincoln County and Randolph County deputies. Lincoln County detectives contacted a Randolph County Sheriff’s detective about a man in Lincoln County who was allegedly attempting to sell…

Doctor: Charitable work ‘not a sacrifice’

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Father of Lincolnton pastor provides free care at Saturday clinic PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Since 1997, Dr. Douglas Miller has begun his Saturdays in similar fashion. While many other professionals are fishing or perhaps mountain biking at Lake Norman State Park, Miller has been helping those without health insurance through…

Rising Sun holds 18th annual ‘Mugathon’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For 18 years, Rising Sun Pottery of Lincolnton has held a benefit for the Humane Society of Lincoln County. What started out as a small gesture has grown and developed into a community-driven event with time-tested results. Rising Sun Pottery owner Gary Lee, a cat enthusiast,…

County budget moving toward completion

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Kelly Atkins spends hours daily making sure it’s ready. Though it won’t go into law until July 1, preparing the county’s annual budget is a bear of a task. The new county manager, who took the helm in December, often works into the early morning just…

Development ordinance becomes contentious

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When proposed amendments to Lincoln County’s unified development ordinance popped onto county commissioners’ agenda for an April 6 public hearing, the topic was bound to produce heated arguments on either side of the issue. Originally presented by East Lincoln and West Lincoln area councils of the…

Student Outreach Service hosts first 5K run

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A group of Lincoln County high school and middle school students have organized a fundraiser in the form of a 5K run that will benefit two local non-profit organizations and one at the international level. The self-titled group “Student Outreach Service” or “S.O.S.” has been successful…

Deputies arrest most of 50 drug suspects targeted in county sweep

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  Lincoln County deputies said 24 suspects have been taken into custody during “Operation 50-50” on Lincoln County warrants. Investigators from Lincoln County and Catawba County targeted 100 suspected drug dealers in the operation. Most of the arrests were made during an early morning push on Wednesday. Deputies said the…

Few faces friendly to Duke Energy at hearing

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Duke Energy couldn’t count an ally among the 22 people who spoke at a public hearing at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton on Wednesday night. Duke is applying for stormwater and wastewater renewal permits that would allow the company to drain water from…