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Heavner named fire chief

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   City of Lincolnton officials confirmed Friday that interim fire chief Ryan Heavner has been named the official replacement for former chief Mitch Burgin, who retired Feb.1. Heavner served in the role on an interim basis since Burgin’s retirement. Heavner, 37, grew up in…

City acquires land for park, could open by late summer

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   The proposed Lincolnton City Park took one giant step toward becoming a reality when the city purchased a plot of land in late February that will be home to the multi-function recreation area. The land transfer should be complete by May 1.…

Couple arrested for drugs, child abuse

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      Staff report   Two people were arrested on narcotics and child abuse charges after a search of a Lincolnton residence on Wednesday by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators. Deputies received information that drugs were being sold at a residence at 1828 Beaumont Lane and obtained and…

Homeless in Lincoln County: Law enforcement weighs in

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Many people who find themselves homeless struggle with mental illness, substance abuse problems and, often, abusive relationships. Some are displaced due to poor financial decisions and others may be hiding from child support orders or a checkered criminal history. As many as 20…

City hopes to avoid tax hike

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   During discussions at the City of Lincolnton’s annual budget retreat on Feb. 27, officials were faced with the task of finding solutions to issues that could negatively affect the 2015-16 city budget. While the budget will not be completed until late May or early…

First Art Crawl artist studio tour on tap for Saturday

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   The first Artist Studio Tour will kick off Saturday, following this evening’s Art Crawl and providing an opportunity for a self-guided tour of artist studios in Lincoln County. The tour gives art lovers and collectors the opportunity to purchase art and discuss…

Primary schedule could cost county

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In 2013, North Carolina made national headlines for passing an elections overhaul that, among other things, required state-issued photo IDs to cast ballots, reduced the early voting period and ended same-day registration during early voting. But a less visible part of North Carolina House Bill…

Deputies: Night manager stole from restaurant

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    Staff report   Lincoln County deputies have arrested three men on charges related to a break-in and larceny at a Denver restaurant in July 2014, including a former manager. The owner of the Jersey Mike’s on Highway 73 reported on July 30 that there was a break-in at…

Out Under the Stars: Area homeless share their stories

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Lincoln County organizations like Hesed House of Hope, Christian Ministry and Blanket the Homeless have collectively worked to provide resources and hope to the homeless community within the county. Blanket the Homeless, an organization formed by members of Oak Grove Baptist Church in…

A Matter of Principals: St. James duo runs school for a day

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   As an adult, the dream of running the company that employs you may be something that crosses your mind from time to time. Perhaps the policies that you would implement would make a difference in company culture and, ultimately, the bottom line. While few…