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Men arrested on meth charges after SWAT raid

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Staff report Two men are facing felony drug charges after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team served a search warrant at a home in Iron Station. Richard Lee Knight, 40, formerly of Landis, and Cecil Brandon Hester, 33, of 5089 Amity Lane in Iron Station, were arrested on Tuesday…

First Federal Park awaits permitting, bidding to begin

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Ground will be broken for Lincolnton’s First Federal Park in the coming weeks when the final details of the planning and permitting stages are concluded by city officials. Parks and recreation director Richie Haynes has been working hand in hand with landscape architect Gary Wirth of…

Lincolnton agrees to sell 42 acres at airport to county

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council agreed in principle Tuesday to sell Lincoln County a 42-acre parcel of airport land, helping to ensure the community can more ably recruit an industrial client that has expressed an interest in locating here. The agreement, made in a joint session of councilmen…

Jason Saine ranked 5th in House for effectiveness

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine was voted the fifth-most-effective member of the House by his peers in Raleigh, according to a survey conducted by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. The poll asked House members, senators, lobbyists, lead legislative liaisons and capital news…

Trilogy Lake Norman grand opening set

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s largest new development will celebrate its progress next week with a grand opening event on its grounds. Trilogy Lake Norman, which, when complete, will house more than 1,600 homes, has finished its initial phase and four residents have already moved in. A community and…

Blank Canvas offers ‘art through observation’ to developing artists

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When Dawn Summerton decided to offer art classes and start the business “Blank Canvas” in Lincolnton, she knew that she wanted to teach all ages but she also wanted to offer something special for children. “I just think art is great for kids and I want…

Missing woman located, arrested on heroin charge

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman who was reported missing on Friday has been located and is now facing a felony heroin charge. Michelle Lee Alpi, 26, of Timberlake Lane, was located on Monday after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives followed up leads that led them to the home of Jeffrey…

Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame kicks off new location with grand opening

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame, now located in the Lincoln Cultural Center, will host a grand opening for all inductees and their families on Friday. The Hall of Fame is preparing to open its doors to the public for the viewing of county sports…

Lincolnton Food and WineFest well attended, applauded

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Despite high winds that kept vendors on their toes all afternoon, the first Lincolnton Food and WineFest was considered to be well attended and a tremendous success. “It went fantastic,” event chair Anita McCall said. “Our vendors sold out of almost everything and are already asking…

NC General Assembly back for short session with big agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer State lawmakers reconvene in Raleigh today and, while a couple months ago the tiers system may have been thought to be at the forefront for the short session, a couple other issues continue to dominate the political conversation. Huntersville Republican Rep. Charles Jeter, according to the…