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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…

No-kill supporters can’t gain traction at commission meeting

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Members of the Lincoln County-based Helping Animals To Survive filled the county’s Board of Commissioners chambers Monday night, though a healthy contingent of supporters wasn’t enough to change the minds of county officials. Tim O’Brien and Doug Woods spoke on behalf of the organization, which wanted…

Deputies: Man sold drugs near West Lincoln High

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Staff report A Vale man has been accused of selling drugs near West Lincoln High School by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Chandler Brad Harrison, 21, of 306 Alf Hoover Road, allegedly sold hydroponic marijuana within feet of the school during school hours on Thursday, according to deputies. Deputies said…

East Lincoln student named to All-American Bowl band

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Armed with a new Christmas gift and no idea how to use it, Jordan Burns took to the worldwide web for instruction. An eighth grader at the time, YouTube served as Burns’ music teacher when it came to perfecting the piccolo. Discouraged from giving up the…