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Deputies make largest pill bust in county history

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators seized the largest amount of illegal prescription drugs in county history on Thursday. Terry Lee Graham, 54, of 3215 River Road in Lincolnton, was stopped at 10:45 a.m. by deputy A. Manns on Jenkins Road. Narcotics investigators arrived shortly after…

Couple takes horseback ministry coast to coast

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Tim and Lynn Tuggle have no home address. In fact, in 2010, they sold all of their possessions. They packed up their rescue horses, what little money they had and began a three year, nine month and 19 day journey that would take them from their…

McHenry named Deputy Whip

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Staff report House majority whip-elect Steve Scalise has chosen Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) as his chief deputy whip. Previously filled by Rep. Peter Roskam, the chief deputy whip role is responsible for directing a team of a few dozen deputies who help the leadership pass legislation by working their…

Couple transforms historic home into bed and breakfast

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Years of travel inspire Carpenters to create retreat near Laboratory Mill ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A new bed and breakfast experience is taking flight in Lincoln County. Known as the Peacock Hill Farm, the bed and breakfast is nestled on the hillside across from the Laboratory Mill. Over the past…

Lack of funding lamented at school board meeting

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education met Wednesday night to discuss current North Carolina House and Senate education budget proposals. During his presentation, Lincoln County Schools Finance Director Steve Zickefoose spoke on current concerns with the 2014-2015 proposed state and county budgets. With the possible state reduction…

City, county readying for Independence Day

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Staff report Preparations are already underway for Lincolnton’s 2014 July 4 Celebration. This year’s festivities will include the annual Window Decorating Contest and the City of Lincolnton’s July Fourth parade and fireworks. Children’s activities will also be offered earlier in the evening. Free children’s activities will be provided on North…

Family shares ways Drum-Wilkinson clan made mark on Lincoln County

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Drumsville can no longer be found on a map, but the once-thriving community is still shaping the lives of Lincoln and Catawba County citizens in very big ways. Businesses such as E.F. Drum Funeral Home, Drums Florist and Burke Christian Tours can all be traced back…

A budget is born

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer While many residents are gearing up for the Fourth of July and other fun summer festivities next month, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners and county staff members are awaiting the start of the new fiscal year. Less than a week away, the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year will…

Shooting leaves one injured

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Anthony Gene Robinson, 29, of Lincolnton, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury following a shooting incident that occurred early Sunday morning. Officers with the Lincolnton Police Department were dispatched and en route to a disturbance call received from 1025…

State unemployment rate rises slightly

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Staff report The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, increasing 0.2 percent from April’s revised rate of 6.2 percent, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce report. The national rate, however, remained unchanged at 6.3 percent. Nationally, the number of persons unemployed was 9,799,000, while the…