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Three nabbed in drug busts

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested three people Thursday in two separate incidents during a surveillance operation south of Lincolnton. Narcotics investigators were conducting an undercover operation near the Dollar General store in High Shoals and completed a hand-to-hand drug transaction with the suspects, deputies said. Tina…

Veterans recognized at Pearl Harbor ceremony

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Lincolnton mayor honors vets for service, courage PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton Mayor John O. Gilleland made a heartfelt and emotional tribute to Lincoln County veterans at Thursday’s City Council meeting, it was apparent that he expected the city would unite on Sunday at a Pearl Harbor Day observance…

City, DDA clash over funding

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s Downtown Development Association clashed with City Council during a funding discussion at a meeting Thursday night. During her presentation, Downtown Development Association chair Brooke Sherrill asked council members to consider rolling over unexpended funds from the Business and Community Development Department Façade Grant Program, during…

Denver gets in the Christmas spirit with annual parade

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Meth, guns found in sting

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested five people during a surveillance operation Wednesday afternoon. Investigators were conducting surveillance in the parking lot of the Bi-Lo grocery store at 742 Highway 27 West in Lincolnton when they observed two vehicles converge and conduct a drug transaction, deputies said.…

After overcrowding, Lincoln animal shelter gets relief

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer There couldn’t be a more perfect time of year to introduce that new member of your family to their new home. The Lincoln County Animal Shelter hopes to lighten its burden with an increase in adoptions during the holiday season. Last month, the shelter released a…

Lincolnton High brings mystery to the stage

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LHS drama students present ‘Her Lips Are Sealed’ as dessert theater PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton High School drama teacher Shane Stephens believes that a good “who-done-it” mystery is a gateway to the hearts of most theater enthusiasts. The educator, now in his ninth year at the school, will lead…

County remains in top economic tier

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Staff report North Carolina’s Department of Commerce 2015 Economic Development Tier Rankings were released on Nov. 26. Lincoln County remained in the Tier 3 designation, meaning it is one of the least economically distressed counties in the state. Mandated by state law, the designations are used to “determine a variety…

Santa’s Sac toy drive set for Saturday at country club

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Two truckloads of toys can do a lot of good in Lincoln County for children who may not have something to open on Christmas. Organizers for “Santa’s Sac,” a Lincoln County nonprofit organization that celebrated its inaugural event in 2013, look forward to the challenge of…

New board shakes up county leadership

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Mitchem elected chairman, Jackson fired as county manager ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A dramatic shift in Lincoln County’s leadership took place at the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. Newly elected commissioner Bill Beam, who was inducted alongside Martin Oakes, nominated veteran county commissioner Carroll Mitchem to serve as the…