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Three Lincolnton residents face felony drug charges

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Staff report Three Lincolnton residents are facing felony drug charges after a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office undercover operation. Deputies said the suspects sold methamphetamine, heroin and painkillers to undercover officers on multiple occasions in neighborhoods where frequent complaints about drug activity have been made in recent months. Dustin Allen Moore,…

Gift of $100k helps Lincolnton Relay for Life near fundraising goal

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A month before the American Cancer Society kicks off Lincolnton’s 22nd annual Relay for Life event, the city has already raised more than $124,000 for cancer research. Lincolnton is most of the way toward its $150,000 goal, thanks to a $100,000 donation courtesy of a pink…

Jams, jellies and preserves on tap for Lincolnton Food and WineFest

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Jams, jellies and preserves will be represented at Lincolnton’s Food and WineFest after Gastonia-based “Vanessa’s Divine Creations” signed on as a vendor for the event. “The jams and jellies are made from locally grown fruit and our vegetables for chow chow and green tomatoes come from…

Planning board tables Lincoln County noise ordinance proposal

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s planning board voted Monday to temporarily silence a noise ordinance proposal brought forth by a concerned resident. The board was unanimous in tabling Clint Hennessee’s attempt at inserting sound restrictions on racetracks into the county’s unified development ordinance. Hennessee, a Hickory Grove resident, was…

Author, historian to speak at East Lincoln Historical Society meeting

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The East Lincoln Historical Society will welcome Revolutionary War historian and author John Beakes to the podium when they hold their monthly meeting on April 11. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Mr. Beakes,” organizer Melisa Springs-Thompson said. “The community is welcomed…

Gaston County suspect arrested after car chase

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Staff report A Lincolnton man wanted in connection with a Gaston County larceny was arrested by Lincoln County deputies after a brief car chase early Tuesday morning. James William Jenkins IV, 29, of South Aspen Street in Lincolnton, is accused of fleeing from deputies south of Lincolnton and crashing into…

Network of fosters helps save animals from euthanization

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Several cages line a shed in Heather Simmer’s backyard and last week, oddly enough, the bars represented a sign of freedom. Five cats occupied the kennels, all recently saved from a kill list generated in March by Lincoln County Animal Services. The next morning, Simmer headed…

Confection Connection: Local bakery becomes community staple

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When Southern Bakers Boutique opened its doors in downtown Lincolnton in 2013, owners Ken Davis and Ann Perkins-Davis had hoped to find a location that would allow the business to grow in a strong community, and they feel that they have found that in Lincolnton’s downtown…

Demolition contract for old jail on BOC agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County is expected to name a contractor for the demolition of its old jail and closure of test wells at Monday’s meeting. D.H. Griffin Wrecking, out of Greensboro, is expected to be the chosen contractor despite its $79,400 lump sum bid not being the lowest…

Library system sees increase in online access

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Despite reduced print circulation the last few years, Lincoln County Public Library director Jennifer Sackett has not noticed a decrease in library interest. The library continues to increase its collections of e-books, e-audio and digital music. Patrons don’t even have to visit the physical locations to…