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Rock Springs Camp Meeting begins today

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Rock Springs Campground is starting to come alive with tent owners beginning preparations for camp meeting. Camp meeting, which begins today with youth services, offers two weeks of family, friends and worship. Rock Springs has the distinction of being the oldest religious campground meeting in…

Lincoln County Democratic Party recruiting sheriff candidates

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The race to become the new sheriff of Lincoln County has been heating up ever since Lincoln County Board of Commissioners chairman Bill Beam announced his intent to campaign for the office in March. At that time, Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter confirmed that he would…

National Night Out connects law enforcement, communities

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Neighborhoods throughout Lincolnton will be taking part in the 34th annual National Night Out on Tuesday. The concept of National Night Out began as community police awareness raising event. It is always held on the first Tuesday of August in neighborhoods all over the United…

Deputies raid ‘drug house’ on Highway 27

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Staff report A tip about drug activity at a residence on Highway 27 East led to the arrest of one person on drug charges. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies saw numerous vehicles going in and out of residence in the 3400 block of Highway 27 East and, on July 26,…

Downtown Lincolnton First Federal Park nears completion

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The idea to build a park in downtown Lincolnton started to pick up steam in 2015 and now, more than two years later, the city is putting the finishing touches on First Federal Park. Devin Rhyne, a former Lincolnton city councilman who resigned in December, spearheaded…

‘Pink Heals’ tour visits Lincoln County

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A fire truck or two traveling through the streets of downtown Lincolnton or on rural roads in Lincoln County is not an uncommon sight, but if there’s a whole cavalcade of fire trucks and emergency response vehicles led by pink fire trucks, that’ll likely turn…

Lincoln Theatre Guild drama camp students perform today

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer For the past 25 years, the Lincoln Theatre Guild (LTG) has offered a camp for young people to gain the skills and confidence that they need to take part in theatrical productions. “We’re doing four plays this year that the junior directors have spent a…

Maiden couple charged with trafficking meth

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Staff report An East Lincoln couple has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Derek Jason May, 47, and Colleen Velma Jewell, 38, both of Field Haven Court in Maiden, were arrested on Tuesday following a traffic stop near Highway 150 in East Lincoln. Detectives said the investigation into the pair began…

Sheriff candidate addresses questions about party affiliation

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton Police Department Lt. Jason Munday took to Facebook on Saturday afternoon to defend his status as a Republican candidate for the 2018 election of a new Lincoln County sheriff. Munday, a 20-year law enforcement veteran who has policed Lincolnton for the past 14 years, recently…

Plans for ‘blueway’ gaining local support

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer In conjunction with the city’s recent efforts to revitalize downtown Lincolnton, a working committee has been established to explore a project that would make the South Fork River more accessible to paddlers. The committee, headed by Rhonda Hunter of the Lincoln Economic Development Association, is currently…