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Muslim prayer to open county board meeting

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the first time since Lincoln County commissioners approved an all-inclusive prayer policy more than two months ago, a non-Christian speaker is scheduled to deliver an invocation at a county commissioner meeting. Duston Barto, who helped form Foothills Interfaith Assembly shortly after the policy was approved…

Asian art exhibit finds destined home in city

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer In October 1980, John Crocker made a donation to the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte. While the donation was made in the hopes that the contribution would be preserved and made available for exhibit, it was only a pit stop for where Crocker’s heart yearned…

Deputies: Man stole ashes from cemetery

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Staff report A Dallas man has been charged with stealing a cemetery plaque and a granite slab containing human ashes from Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton, where he formerly worked. Ray Ellis Herron Jr., 32, was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. He is accused of stealing…

Keep on Trikin’: Trident Trikes continues to innovate

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Inspired by a love of bicycles that has led him to be a near 30-year member of a Lincolnton bicycle club, Tom Flohr set out to build a tandem bike more than six years ago. “I wanted a tandem (two-seater) bike and the only company out…

Rock Springs Camp Meeting set to begin

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Faithful meet for 185th time at Denver campground SHELBEY COOK LTN Intern The 185th year of the Rock Springs Camp Meeting begins on Saturday in Denver. The first meeting on the campground was held in 1830, making the Rock Springs Camp Meeting the oldest religious campground meeting in the U.S.…

Communities unite for National Night Out

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the 32nd year in a row, a national initiative called “National Night Out” will kick off on Tuesday and serve as a strong and unified front against crime. There will be 13 different “block parties” established that will serve as meeting places for the community…

County workers evacuated after carbon monoxide scare at TLC

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer County workers were evacuated after a carbon monoxide scare necessitated testing within the facility of Transportation Lincoln County (TLC) at 1323 Gaston Street in Lincolnton on Wednesday. The call was made to emergency crews after concern over carbon monoxide levels in the facility were brought by…

Deputies: Man sold prescription opiate drugs

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Staff report An Iron Station man has been charged with trafficking opium by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Narcotics investigators arrested William Edward Young, 42, of 2773 Hudson Poultry Road, after a three-week investigation. Deputies bought opiate prescription medication from Young during that time, according to a press release from…

Library helps families research their history

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Tucked away in a corner of the Charles Jonas Library in Lincolnton, Gary Muffley felt right at home. An Asheville resident, this was Muffley’s first trip to Lincoln County’s main library. But it’s far from the first time he’d stepped into a genealogy research room, and…

City, county preparing for housing growth

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer As Charlotte continues to grow, surrounding areas are tasked with keeping up housing for an influx of new people. Census estimates released in May show the Queen City’s population has risen more than 10 percent from 2010 to 2014, and Lincoln County has been a beneficiary…