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Solicitor ordinance draws fire at county meeting

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer As early as September, Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter will present an ordinance to the Board of Commissioners regarding door-to-door solicitors. A draft of the proposal was created by Carpenter and county attorney Wesley Deaton. The state allows the county to regulate door-to-door solicitations and the…

Maiden woman still running at 96

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A person’s life is defined by all of the spontaneous emotions, experiences and interactions that occur on a daily basis. In the end, your perception of those countless memories will determine whether you look back on life favorably or with regret. Joan Andrews, 96, has lived…

DDA to determine future of face jugs

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Recent acts of vandalism have forced the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton into holding discussions regarding the future of the face jugs that line Main Street. “Pots on Parade” is a public art and tourism initiative organized and run by the Downtown Development Association and a…

Vale author releases her first published novel

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Local author Lisa Wright has always wished to share the depths of her imagination with the rest of the world. A lifetime obsession of deciphering clues to solve whodunit investigations has culminated with the nationwide release of her first published murder-mystery novel, “Past Secrets.” “I was…

Mysterious liquid causes hazmat scare

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A jar of liquid that was abandoned at the Howard’s Creek Fire Department brought a hazmat team to Lincoln County on Friday. The liquid was determined to be a non-explosive acid, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 11 a.m. on Friday morning, an…

Presentation for historic clock on county agenda

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County Historical Association director Jason Harpe will offer a presentation today to Lincoln County commissioners on Monday regarding the proposed placement of a historic clock on the east side of the Lincoln County Courthouse. Lincolnton City Councilman Roby Jetton and LCHA president Bill C. Beam…

Car crash sets building on fire

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A car crashed into a building on Highway 150 early Saturday morning, setting fire to the structure. According to Boger City Fire Department officials, the occupants of the car crawled out to safety through the vehicle’s sunroof and were out of the car when first responders…

Man charged with selling cocaine, possession of steroids

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Staff report A western Lincoln County man has been charged with selling cocaine. Chad Dylan Smith, 22, of John Beam Road in Vale, was arrested on Tuesday after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives seized more than two ounces of cocaine, cash and an AK-47 rifle while executing a search…

Three men arrested on crack cocaine charges

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Staff report Three people have been charged with selling crack cocaine in the Buffalo Shoals/Car Farm Road area north of Lincolnton. Jacque Demar Morrison, 30, of Horseshoe Lake Road in Lincolnton, Robert Michael Burton, 62, of Car Farm Road in Lincolnton and Tyron Tremaine Jackson, 39, of Babs Court in…

Fifth annual ‘Dam 2 Dam’ event to benefit EL Rescue Squad Park

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When participants hit the Lake Norman waters later this month in the fifth annual “Dam 2 Dam” event, proceeds from the day will benefit Denver’s Rescue Squad Park. The jet ski charity run on Lake Norman will stretch from Cowan’s Ford to Lookout Shoals. Organizers believe…