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City officials to hold special meeting about city manager search

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council will hold a special meeting on Saturday at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Airport to discuss finalists for the city manager position. The position has been vacant since January, with finance director Steve Zickefoose serving as city manager on an interim basis. City officials confirmed…

Deputies help find missing man

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Staff report Lincoln County deputies helped find a man who went missing on the South Fork Walking Trail off Laboratory Road on Tuesday. Deputies were dispatched to the area after the wife of Tony Mitchell Weathers, 63, asked them to check on his welfare. Weathers had left his residence around…

Trio arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report Three people have been arrested on felony drug charges after a Lincolnton Police Department investigation into drug sales at an unspecified city shopping center parking lot. Officers started the investigation after receiving complaints about drug sales at the location, according to a press release from the Lincolnton Police…

Fallen soldiers honored with Memorial Day services

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Local services highlighted Memorial Day festivities as local organizations and citizens alike recognized those who have lost their lives serving the United States in the armed forces. On Sunday evening, VFW Post 1706 in Lincolnton held a memorial service that included former City of Lincolnton attorney Dan…

Rock Springs teacher awarded grant for classroom

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Rock Springs Elementary School teacher in Denver has been awarded a grant from the Farm Bureau Federation to purchase equipment for her classroom. Jessica Bisson, a second grade teacher at the school where she has taught since 2006, applied for the $500 grant so that…

Six arrested on robbery charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman has been charged with conspiring with five other people to rob the man she was living with. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Shasta Marie Oxendine, 32, of 1521 Atlantic Lane in Lincolnton, was arrested in connection with a robbery at the home on May…

Despite change of residence, councilman can keep seat for now

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Lincolnton councilman can continue holding his seat despite a recent change of address. Republican Ward 1 Councilman Devin Rhyne closed on the sale of his home in the city in April and is currently building a home on Daniels Road, roughly 10 miles outside of…

Sex offender charged with failure to register

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Staff report An investigation into possible child abuse led detectives to a man who has been charged with not registering as a sex offender since his conviction in 2005 in Baltimore County, Maryland. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Kelsey Harrington learned during an investigation that the boyfriend of the child’s…

Budget adoption, chicken options on city agenda

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council will likely adopt the 2016-17 budget at its regular session on Thursday and may also vote on allowing chickens in the city limits. The proposed budget, which includes four major funds, rests at $27,236,047. In comparison, the 2015-16 budget landed at $29,738,049, with…

Details released in car wreck that killed 1-year-old

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Staff report Lincolnton Police Department officers have identified the people involved in a wreck on Friday that took the life of 1-year-old Jaylah Kassidy Hart on Saturday. An SUV being driven by Hart’s father, Silas Hart, 21, of Lincolnton, was travelling south on South Generals Boulevard near Robin Road at…