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Five members of same family charged with selling cocaine

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Staff report Lincolnton Police Department officers have charged six people in connection with drug sales at a home at 1014 East Catawba Street in the Oaklawn community in Lincolnton. Officers said the arrests were made during the first two weeks of September and were the result of a three-month investigation.…

Beaver hired as Lincoln County Animal Services director

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Hannah Beaver was announced as the new director of Lincoln County Animal Services at Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting. Beaver served as the animal shelter supervisor under the direction of Taylor Sumansky and assumed the role of interim director when Sumansky was fired at the end…

Lincoln County emergency communications center awarded $2 million

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln County emergency communications center has been awarded a $2 million grant by the North Carolina 911 Board. Commissioners passed a resolution in May to allow director of communications Leroy Buff’s staff to pursue a $6.2-million grant request. The money would contribute to the construction…

Local acts headline Apple Festival entertainment

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Each September, more than 80,000 people flood the streets of downtown Lincolnton for the pageantry and tradition of the Lincoln County Apple Festival. The festival serves as a showcase for apple growers, as well as home cooks who display their delectable apple pie recipes that have…

Golf tournament fundraiser supports NCPANDA program

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse, Austin Orthodontics and the Gaston Dental Society came together in 2013 to launch the statewide NCPANDA (Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness) program. The grassroots program continues to grow by leaps and bounds and the founders expect that…

Author will recall 1916 flood at meeting

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The East Lincoln Historical Society will welcome Mike Baxter as a guest speaker tonight when the group discusses the flood that devastated the Blue Ridge region in 1916. Baxter teaches United States history and world civilization courses at Central Piedmont Community College, as well as western…

Lincoln County certified as a ‘Work Ready Community’

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County has been certified as an NC Works Certified Work Ready Community by the North Carolina Chamber Foundation board of directors. “I think this will mean really good things because when a new corporation moves into an area they want a really legitimate, well-trained workforce,”…

Lincoln County Hearth Cooks offer classes

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A local 18th century-themed group called the Lincoln County Hearth Cooks is offering classes next month for those interested in learning the art of traditional open-fire cooking. The goal of most historically accurate hearth cooking groups is to portray their ancestors’ experiences when preparing meals through…

Neil Underwood: Education experience will be benefit as commissioner

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Neil Underwood knows his bid for a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is going to be a challenging one. He would be the first Democrat elected to the Republican-dominated board since 1998. Underwood, 57, retired in 2015 from the Lincoln County Schools system…

Local country act Luck of the Drawl close to achieving dreams

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Three young ladies have a second chance at the opportunity of a lifetime and they’re determined not to let it slip through their grasp once again. Jaeleigh Clark of Lincolnton, Jillian Bartlett of Gastonia and Katie Comer of Dallas make up the country singing trio better…