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Chamber groups get OK to move on UDO change request

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After nearly a year of dialogue and meetings with county staff and community leaders, the West Lincoln and East Lincoln area councils have received the green light from the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, the next step in efforts to amend and improve the county’s Unified…

Police: Man caught trying to steal TV

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Staff report Lincolnton police officers caught a man in the process of stealing a television set from a South Aspen Street residence on Sunday, according to a press release. Officers said they found Reginald Eugene Jones, 46, of Catawba Street in Lincolnton, trying to leave a residence while carrying a…

McHenry: Leadership role brings clout to NC

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For chief deputy whip, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), healthcare, energy and jobs will be the issues he plans to focus on in the upcoming year. McHenry was appointed chief deputy whip back in June by House majority whip-elect Steve Scalise. “When you elect a representative,…

ABC store planned for western Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Commission is currently working with state officials to develop a liquor store for western Lincoln County, at the intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 18. According to Lincoln County ABC Commission chair Mike Baker, the venture is still in its…

Three nabbed in drug busts

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested three people Thursday in two separate incidents during a surveillance operation south of Lincolnton. Narcotics investigators were conducting an undercover operation near the Dollar General store in High Shoals and completed a hand-to-hand drug transaction with the suspects, deputies said. Tina…

Veterans recognized at Pearl Harbor ceremony

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Lincolnton mayor honors vets for service, courage PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton Mayor John O. Gilleland made a heartfelt and emotional tribute to Lincoln County veterans at Thursday’s City Council meeting, it was apparent that he expected the city would unite on Sunday at a Pearl Harbor Day observance…

City, DDA clash over funding

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s Downtown Development Association clashed with City Council during a funding discussion at a meeting Thursday night. During her presentation, Downtown Development Association chair Brooke Sherrill asked council members to consider rolling over unexpended funds from the Business and Community Development Department Façade Grant Program, during…

Denver gets in the Christmas spirit with annual parade

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Meth, guns found in sting

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested five people during a surveillance operation Wednesday afternoon. Investigators were conducting surveillance in the parking lot of the Bi-Lo grocery store at 742 Highway 27 West in Lincolnton when they observed two vehicles converge and conduct a drug transaction, deputies said.…

After overcrowding, Lincoln animal shelter gets relief

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer There couldn’t be a more perfect time of year to introduce that new member of your family to their new home. The Lincoln County Animal Shelter hopes to lighten its burden with an increase in adoptions during the holiday season. Last month, the shelter released a…