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Lincolnton Art Crawl 2016 Featured Artist: Cherylann Keogh

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Artist Cherylann Keogh will bring her brand of clay-working to the 2016 Lincolnton Art Crawl tonight. Keogh, a New York native, made her way to Lincolnton after college when an aunt, who was working as a music therapist, offered her a job for the summer working…

Man charged with trying to meet child for sex, again

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Staff report A South Carolina has been arrested for a second time on charges that he arranged to meet what he thought was a child for sex. Michael Wilson Lesswing, 45, of 3403 Shady Bark Trail in Catawba, was arrested on a fugitive warrant in York County and picked up…

Commissioners approve craft breweries

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County commissioners voted on Monday to allow craft breweries in general business districts. Craft breweries were previously only permitted in general industrial districts. The 4-1 vote to amend the county’s unified development ordinance was only opposed by Commissioner Alex Patton. Patton and Commissioner Carrol Mitchem…

Lincolnton Art Crawl 2016 Featured Artist: Dawn Summerton

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Artist and Lincolnton resident Dawn Summerton will bring her brand of “wearable art” to the 2016 Lincolnton Art Crawl. Summerton operates Blank Canvas, a Lincolnton-based art studio where she teaches classes, primarily to children. It’s when she’s at home in her garage, which has been converted…

Car show to benefit Special Olympics

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Staff report Hank Kaczmarek doesn’t need much of an excuse to parade his 1965 Corvair Monza around town, though he’ll get one next Saturday. The second annual Shine & Show Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show takes place at St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church on May 21. The event, put on by…

Lincolnton man charged with selling marijuana

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with selling marijuana. Dwayne Bercell Sledge Jr., 32, of 723 E. Sycamore Street, was arrested on May 4 by the Lincolnton Police Department on two counts of possession with intent to sell marijuana and two counts of sell and deliver marijuana. He…

Deputies ask for public’s help to locate runaway teen

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a runaway teen. Benjamin Lee Mack, II, 14, was last seen at his residence around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. He is described as a 5-foot-4, 240-pound…

Chick-fil-A breaks ground in Denver

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Staff report Eighteen weeks before it’s scheduled to open, Chick-fil-A gave Denver residents on Thursday afternoon a small taste of what’s to come. As 80-degree heat beat down on the Highway 73 dirt where the chicken establishment will soon sit, workers provided iced tea and lemonade to the 50 or…

Vehicle registration tax presents questions, officials provide answers

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A vehicle registration tax in the city of Lincolnton’s 2016-17 proposed budget has generated some negative feedback from citizens. On July 1, all North Carolina municipalities will have the authority to levy a tax of up to $30 per registered vehicle in accordance with state law.…

Craft breweries on BOC agenda

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Staff report Lincoln County commissioners will vote on a measure tonight that could pave the way to craft breweries opening in county areas heavily populated by businesses. The proposal, brought forth by county Zoning Administrator Randy Hawkins at prospective brewery owner Lisa D’Andrea’s request, would allow craft breweries in general…