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Deputies looking for tips on pharmacy robbery

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer More than a month after a western Lincoln County drug store was robbed of at least $1,000 worth of prescription pills, Sheriff’s detectives said they have yet to make an arrest in the case. The law enforcement agency issued a press release Friday afternoon again seeking…

School Board to begin contract negotiations for Asbury, East Lincoln field house jobs

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Lincoln County’s Board of Education voted on Tuesday to begin contract negotiations with R.J. Leeper Construction, of Charlotte, for projects at Asbury Alternative and the East Lincoln High School field house. The board previously heard presentations from four contractors regarding the projects, and members were then…

Board of Ed. to consider plans for Asbury, ELHS projects

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER  Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Education members will discuss four Design-Build proposals for school renovations at their meeting Tuesday night. Last week, board members heard presentations from firms G.L. Wilson Building Company of Statesville, Matthews Construction of Conover, R.J. Leeper Construction of Charlotte and Hickory…

Walk like a champion

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    Local boxer aims at pro career, positive influence   MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Kenneth Nixon, III was destined to be a boxer. His grandfather and great uncle were both Navy boxers and his brother, J.R. Young, fought professionally. Now Nixon, 23, is carrying on the family tradition. He…

County woman charged with dog theft

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The same day the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release asking the public’s help in locating an alleged dog thief, the suspect turned herself in, deputies said. Dana Jacobs Hartness, 36, of 253 N. N.C. 16, Apt. 11, is accused of stealing…

Slave narratives come alive at Cultural Center

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The narratives of a number of North Carolina African-American slaves were brought to life on the Lincoln Cultural Center stage Friday night. As area citizens, including Lincoln County Coalition of Churches Director Ola Mae Foster and Lincolnton playwright Earline Smith, read excerpts from…

Tillis takes local GOP straw poll

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  Staff report   Nearly 300 GOP supporters, candidates and elected officials met Saturday night at the historic Laboratory Mill for the annual GOP Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner. A straw poll was conducted at the beginning of the event, with the results tallied and announced prior to Tillis’ speech. The…

Ministry seeks to empower, assist through agriculture

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two western Lincoln County couples hope to use their 25 acres of farm land to carry out their vision of sustainable agriculture, growing and sharing food with both area nonprofits and local neighborhood communities. The idea came from ministry work husband and wife missionaries…

City police operation nets drug suspects

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than half of the individuals targeted in this month’s Lincolnton Police Department drug roundup have been apprehended, investigators said. The operation, called “March Madness,” got underway Wednesday as teams of officers from city police and two detectives from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s…

Churches celebrate Ash Wednesday

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than 100 members from seven different Lincoln County churches gathered Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Lincolnton to commemorate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. For more than 35 years, the Community Lenten Series has taken place, each…