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E-cigarette shop opens on Lincolnton’s Court Square

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton residents may be swapping out their packs of tobacco cigarettes for an alternative, thanks to a new downtown business. Vape Envy, located at 107 Court Square, opened its doors on Saturday. The business, owned by Cherryville resident Mario Greene, specializes in the sales of electronic…

Woman drowns in Lake Norman

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Staff report Rescuers recovered the body of a 36-year-old Lincolnton woman who drowned in Lake Norman at a Denver residence on Tuesday. The body of Elisabeth Anna Burford, 36, of 214 Rock Ola Lane in Lincolnton, was located at 6:40 p.m. by divers, several feet from the pier where she…

Deputies make two drug arrests

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators recently made two drug busts, and utilized surveillance and a national database that tracks methamphetamine precursors to take cocaine and methamphetamine off of Lincoln County streets. Deputies tracked Christopher Lee Sisk, 37, of 1119 Safeway Drive in Gastonia, on the…

Apple Queen crowned

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North Lincoln student Abby Jane Hord takes title ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County is celebrating the reign of a new Apple Queen. Abby Jane Hord, a rising senior at North Lincoln High School, was crowned Lincoln County Apple Queen, a title which holds a $3,000 scholarship to further her…

Study says constructing new county offices could cost $38M

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer More information was recently released from the county regarding a 2009 study to construct a new facility for county offices. In the study conducted by Stewart, Cooper and Newell Architects, the anticipated costs for the construction of a new county facility on a new site was…

County welcomes new Cooperative Extension director

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County’s branch of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension will soon be welcoming a new director. Effective Aug. 1, Thomas L. Dyson will take over for Kevin Starr, the former director who announced his retirement in January after 23 years with the Cooperative Extension. Dyson, his…

Lincolnton police find meth lab

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department discovered a meth lab at 807 South Poplar Street on Thursday. Officers discovered a small, portable meth lab in an outside location on the property. Detectives with the narcotics division of the Lincolnton Police Department were called in to assist the patrol…

Neighbors complain about gunfire to commissioners

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Firearms and noise ordinances were hot topics during the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. During the public comments portion of the evening, several residents from the Forest Ridge development shared their frustration regarding a neighbor’s penchant for firearms. According to Forest Ridge resident…

County ready for Rock Springs Camp Meeting

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Every year, thousands of people come to Rock Springs Campground in Denver for the annual Rock Springs Methodist Camp Meeting. Carrying on in its 184th season, the campground will come alive beginning July 31 and stretching until Aug. 10. Started by Reverend Daniel Asbury in nearby…

Miller to give up Apple Queen title

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Erica Miller isn’t your average pageant queen. Prior to competing for one of Lincoln County’s title, Miller, 17, had only previously participated in pageants from the ages of 8-10. After such a long hiatus, it wasn’t love of the glitz and the glamour made popular by…