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Library helps families research their history

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Tucked away in a corner of the Charles Jonas Library in Lincolnton, Gary Muffley felt right at home. An Asheville resident, this was Muffley’s first trip to Lincoln County’s main library. But it’s far from the first time he’d stepped into a genealogy research room, and…

City, county preparing for housing growth

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer As Charlotte continues to grow, surrounding areas are tasked with keeping up housing for an influx of new people. Census estimates released in May show the Queen City’s population has risen more than 10 percent from 2010 to 2014, and Lincoln County has been a beneficiary…

Program prepares kids to confront bullying, abuse

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In an effort to best illustrate her point, Sherry Reinhardt donned red lifeguard gear over her clothes and delivered a message to 60 elementary-aged summer campers. The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center’s executive director, along with three law enforcement officers, spoke…

VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary prepares care packages for troops

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 1706 in Lincolnton have organized, prepared and posted care packages to U.S. troops deployed to Camp Buehring in Kuwait. Some 14 large boxes filled with prepackaged snacks, books, Bibles, notebooks, pens, toiletries, stationery and crossword puzzles were sent via…

Man’s cross-country bike journey comes to an end

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer 52. 3,851. 2. Those numbers now have a special meaning for Jeremy Smith. Earlier this summer, the Lincolnton native faced a 13-state, 52-day, 3,851-mile journey that tested his endurance on a physical and mental level. But when he saw his second ocean, he knew he had…

Pieces of depot will be re-used

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer While the current location of the historic Carolina and North Western Railroad Freight Depot on Poplar Street in Lincolnton will make way for First Federal Park in 2016, portions of the structure will be saved and used in a recreation of Lincolnton’s railroad history. The Carolina…

Board of Elections gets new members

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Three new members to the Lincoln County Board of Elections were sworn in Tuesday by Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland. Republicans Kenny Tucker and Todd Burgin and Democrat Judy Caudill replace one-term board members Wayne Mitchem, Charles Newman and Marsha Jordan. Burgin, the county’s 2010 Republican of…

Thirteen women vie for Apple Queen crown

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Thirteen women will compete for scholarship money and local celebrity status at the 37th annual Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant on Saturday at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. event, which will see someone inherit the title…

Law enforcement recruitment shows contrasting trends

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As law enforcement agencies across the country have come under scrutiny for their practices on the street while dealing with the public, North Carolina has been no stranger to incidents that have brought the motives and actions of law enforcement into question. But there are contrasting…

Drugs, stolen gun found during raid

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Staff report Three men are facing drug charges following a search of a home on Lakeland Avenue in Lincolnton on Wednesday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they found more than 35 grams of cocaine, more than 10 grams of marijuana, 80 Xanax pills, cash, drug paraphernalia and…