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Deputies: Pair had meth lab in truck

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Staff report Two Crouse residents, one of them a convicted felon, have been accused of possessing a meth lab by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they found a “one-pot” meth lab in a vehicle near the 3500 block of Oakdale Lane in Crouse on Sunday. Bobby Ray Martin,…

Poker run will benefit fund for burned children

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer It’ll take about six hours to complete a hand of poker on Saturday, though a bit of patience is expected for a good cause. The Lincoln County Chapter of Firefighters Burned Children Fund will host a poker run beginning at 10 a.m. at Stanley’s East Lincoln…

State investigation of water plant may begin this week

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A state investigation of the practices of the City of Lincolnton’s water treatment plant could happen as early as this week, according to a representative of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office in Mooresville. The investigation into the practices of the…

Boger City Fire Department loses ‘quiet leader’ in Mike Hill

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Boger City Fire Department lost one of its own when Mike Hill passed away early Saturday morning after a long battle with liver cancer. Hill, 57, began his career in 1975, on his 18th birthday. He served 23 years as the fire chief, following in…

‘Robin’s Ride For Hope’ raises ovarian cancer awareness and research funding

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Robin Isenberg died after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer on Aug. 9, she left behind a legacy that will be honored and carried on by those who knew and loved her. “Robin’s Ride for Hope,” which she participated in and help found in 2014,…

First Federal Park moves forward

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer On an evening with only 10 agenda items, Lincolnton’s City Council sped through a quick regular session on Thursday evening. The council approved a contract between the city and Wirth & Associates for the design of First Federal Park, to be located on Poplar Street in…

Larry Houser ‘will not play politics’ in council seat

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton’s primary election kicks off on Sept. 15, Dr. John “Les” Cloninger will face fellow Democrat Larry Houser for the right to move on and face Republican Gene Poinsette in the general election for Cloninger’s Ward 2 seat on the city council. Cloninger has held…

Grandmother taking kids to school dies in car wreck

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A 54-year-old woman died in a crash in Vale on Thursday after being hit by an oncoming SUV on the driver’s side of her vehicle, causing the car to flip multiple times at the intersection of Dan Rhyne Road and Cat Square Road. The car landed…

For the Love of Trucks: Local show celebrates 14 years

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When the Southern Classic Truck show kicks of on the morning of Sept. 12, Lincolnton’s Brad Wike will celebrate what has become the largest big rig show in the southeast. “We have watched the show grow to where we have some pretty incredible sponsors and we…

City loses six cops, salaries cited as a primary issue

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Chief Rodney Jordan: ‘Salaries need to be adjusted nationwide’ PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Over the last three months, the Lincolnton Police Department has seen six patrolmen resign from their posts. Police Chief Rodney Jordan said that there are a few factors at work but salary appears to be the biggest…