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Study says constructing new county offices could cost $38M

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer More information was recently released from the county regarding a 2009 study to construct a new facility for county offices. In the study conducted by Stewart, Cooper and Newell Architects, the anticipated costs for the construction of a new county facility on a new site was…

County welcomes new Cooperative Extension director

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County’s branch of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension will soon be welcoming a new director. Effective Aug. 1, Thomas L. Dyson will take over for Kevin Starr, the former director who announced his retirement in January after 23 years with the Cooperative Extension. Dyson, his…

Lincolnton police find meth lab

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department discovered a meth lab at 807 South Poplar Street on Thursday. Officers discovered a small, portable meth lab in an outside location on the property. Detectives with the narcotics division of the Lincolnton Police Department were called in to assist the patrol…

Neighbors complain about gunfire to commissioners

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Firearms and noise ordinances were hot topics during the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. During the public comments portion of the evening, several residents from the Forest Ridge development shared their frustration regarding a neighbor’s penchant for firearms. According to Forest Ridge resident…

County ready for Rock Springs Camp Meeting

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Every year, thousands of people come to Rock Springs Campground in Denver for the annual Rock Springs Methodist Camp Meeting. Carrying on in its 184th season, the campground will come alive beginning July 31 and stretching until Aug. 10. Started by Reverend Daniel Asbury in nearby…

Miller to give up Apple Queen title

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Erica Miller isn’t your average pageant queen. Prior to competing for one of Lincoln County’s title, Miller, 17, had only previously participated in pageants from the ages of 8-10. After such a long hiatus, it wasn’t love of the glitz and the glamour made popular by…

State approves voting precinct consolidation

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County residents may be voting at a new precinct location this election season. The Lincoln County Board of Elections announced Tuesday that the State Board of Elections Director Kim Strach has approved the county’s proposed precinct consolidations, which would consolidate the 28 precincts throughout the…

Housing, retail development proposed for Denver

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Residents of Lincoln County will have the opportunity to voice their opinions regarding a planned development in Denver at an upcoming community involvement meeting. Southeastern Land Development, LLC, submitted an application to the county in April, requesting re-zoning in order to develop 221 single-family detached lots…

Vale woman still missing

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is no closer to finding a Vale woman who has been missing since May 26. Despite following up on all active leads and tips, including searching with a K-9 search Team the area on Eaker Road where Toasha Nicole Rice was…

Students take center stage

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Lincoln Theatre Guild’s summer program walks future actors through all phases of a stage production ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln Theatre Guild kicked off its 22nd Annual Summer Drama Camp on July 14, opening registration to students from first grade through senior year of high school. A Day in…