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Bill would increase school vouchers

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A Lincoln County lawmaker filed a bill Tuesday that would eventually increase, by more than tenfold, the state’s funding of private school vouchers. Senate Bill 862, filed by Republican state Sens. David Curtis (Lincoln, Iredell, Gaston), Chad Barefoot (Franklin, Wake) and Trudy Wade (Guilford) calls for…

Maiden man arrested for habitual assault

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Staff report A Maiden man is facing additional assault charges related to a March 15 fight at a child’s birthday party in Lincolnton. Alamar Teracious Edwards, 24, of 309 Lee Avenue, was charged with felony habitual assault by the Lincolnton Police Department on April 21. Officers said Edwards was initially…

First Methodist celebrates bicentennial

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Celebrating a birthday all year long is a little more forgivable once you turn 200. For Lincolnton’s First United Methodist Church, which members estimate first held services around 1816, the year has been full of monthly missions with different focuses and a similar goal of helping…

Deputies: Woman sold meth to detective

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Staff report A Cherryville woman has been charged with selling meth to an undercover Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detective. April Lynn Howell, 27, of Sellerstown Road, was arrested on Monday. Deputies said the investigation took place over several months and that Howell was bringing meth into Lincoln County and selling it…

Lincoln Theatre Guild to stage musical ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln Theatre Guild will stage the musical comedy “Once Upon A Mattress” while welcoming a director who will be new to the Lincoln Cultural Center stage but not short on experience. Cyndi Whittaker has worked extensively in the Hickory Community Theatre and the Creative Arts…

Man arrested for heroin, running from police

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Staff report A Gastonia man has been charged with felony heroin possession and running from officers. Joshua Kain Brooks, 28, of 3413 Gatewood Drive, was arrested on Sunday after officers responded to a call about shots being fired near Hubbard Street and Arney Street. When they arrived at the scene,…

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ back for another year

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the 24th straight year, America’s letter carriers will attempt to “stamp out” hunger this weekend. The event, hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, helps struggling food banks replenish their supplies during a time of year…

Lincolnton Art Crawl 2016 prepares for launch

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincolnton Art Crawl is preparing to launch its 2016 event and businesses are encouraged to participate by opening up their doors to host a local artist for the annual extravaganza. “One of my favorite things about the Lincolnton Art Crawl is that it’s a free…

More donors to be disclosed with Jason Saine-sponsored legislation

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine is one of two state lawmakers trying to make campaign financial contributions more transparent through a bill filed last week. The Require Disclosure of All Candidate Donations bill, jointly filed with Mecklenburg Republican Rep. Dan Bishop, would require candidates to…

Lincolnton, Lincoln County come to agreement on rural fire district

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton has entered into a contractual agreement with Lincoln County to provide fire services within the Lincolnton rural fire district. “Discussions have been going on for three or four years,” County Manager Kelly Atkins said. “This agreement will benefit county residents because having…