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Deputies: Woman sold meth to detective

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Staff report A Cherryville woman has been charged with selling meth to an undercover Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detective. April Lynn Howell, 27, of Sellerstown Road, was arrested on Monday. Deputies said the investigation took place over several months and that Howell was bringing meth into Lincoln County and selling it…

Lincoln Theatre Guild to stage musical ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln Theatre Guild will stage the musical comedy “Once Upon A Mattress” while welcoming a director who will be new to the Lincoln Cultural Center stage but not short on experience. Cyndi Whittaker has worked extensively in the Hickory Community Theatre and the Creative Arts…

Man arrested for heroin, running from police

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Staff report A Gastonia man has been charged with felony heroin possession and running from officers. Joshua Kain Brooks, 28, of 3413 Gatewood Drive, was arrested on Sunday after officers responded to a call about shots being fired near Hubbard Street and Arney Street. When they arrived at the scene,…

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ back for another year

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the 24th straight year, America’s letter carriers will attempt to “stamp out” hunger this weekend. The event, hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, helps struggling food banks replenish their supplies during a time of year…

Lincolnton Art Crawl 2016 prepares for launch

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincolnton Art Crawl is preparing to launch its 2016 event and businesses are encouraged to participate by opening up their doors to host a local artist for the annual extravaganza. “One of my favorite things about the Lincolnton Art Crawl is that it’s a free…

More donors to be disclosed with Jason Saine-sponsored legislation

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine is one of two state lawmakers trying to make campaign financial contributions more transparent through a bill filed last week. The Require Disclosure of All Candidate Donations bill, jointly filed with Mecklenburg Republican Rep. Dan Bishop, would require candidates to…

Lincolnton, Lincoln County come to agreement on rural fire district

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton has entered into a contractual agreement with Lincoln County to provide fire services within the Lincolnton rural fire district. “Discussions have been going on for three or four years,” County Manager Kelly Atkins said. “This agreement will benefit county residents because having…

Budget matters and chicken chatter highlight Lincolnton Council meeting

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer During Thursday’s regular session for Lincolnton’s City Council, discussions regarding the 2016-17 proposed operating budget and talks about a possible city code change that would allow chickens or “laying hens” within city limits highlighted the agenda. Through numerous budget workshop sessions, city officials are very close…

McCrory sues feds over HB2

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Rather than meeting a Justice Department deadline to not enforce House Bill 2, Gov. Pat McCrory initiated legal action on Monday, asking a federal court to rule that the law is not discriminatory against LGBT people. McCrory and Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry were…

Officers educate students about safe and sober driving

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton High School students got to see the effects of drunk driving on Wednesday, in a law enforcement effort to keep those students safe on prom night. The Lincolnton Police Department, in partnership with the North Carolina Forensic Tests For Alcohol program, conducted the seminar and…