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City water, sewer hikes imminent

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   As Lincolnton city manager Jeff Emory puts the final touches on the first draft of the city’s 2015-16 budget, it’s become clear that the city will face its first hike in water and sewer rates in five years. “As we stand right…

Ready to Rumble: Principal to defend his EWA wrestling title

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Most would agree that educators are champions. They are champions of knowledge and they dedicate their lives to passing that knowledge on to children in their classroom. Their plight to help prepare them for life as productive, responsible adults is a noble…

Man whose daughter, nephew died in construction accident indicted for drugs

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      Staff report   A Stanley man whose daughter and nephew were buried alive in a 2013 construction accident has been indicted for multiple felony drug offenses. The indictment handed down on April 6 against Jordan Keely Arwood, 32, of 5858 Cedarbrook Court, was the result of an…

Country star will play Denver fireworks show

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Nashville recording artist Lorrie Morgan will grace the stage on June 27 as the headliner for the Denver Area Business Association’s annual Independence Fireworks Show. The event, entering its 15th year, has progressively grown with each passing year. “When the event started, it…

Lincolnton Middle hosts ‘Athletes For Academics’

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Lincolnton Middle School principal Dana Ayers was searching for a way to reach her students to promote the importance of education. She knew that she had to get their attention in order to reach them. With the focus on athletics being so strong…

Lincolnton drama club to perform ‘Godspell’

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   According to Lincolnton High School drama club and choir teacher Shane Stephens, finding the right material for the talent is a big part of putting on a successful production. “I have a very diverse group of students and I was looking for something…

Deputies: Felon tried to sell guns

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      Staff report   A Lincoln County felon and his wife have been arrested on weapons charges following an investigation by Lincoln County and Randolph County deputies. Lincoln County detectives contacted a Randolph County Sheriff’s detective about a man in Lincoln County who was allegedly attempting to sell…

Doctor: Charitable work ‘not a sacrifice’

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Father of Lincolnton pastor provides free care at Saturday clinic PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Since 1997, Dr. Douglas Miller has begun his Saturdays in similar fashion. While many other professionals are fishing or perhaps mountain biking at Lake Norman State Park, Miller has been helping those without health insurance through…

Rising Sun holds 18th annual ‘Mugathon’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For 18 years, Rising Sun Pottery of Lincolnton has held a benefit for the Humane Society of Lincoln County. What started out as a small gesture has grown and developed into a community-driven event with time-tested results. Rising Sun Pottery owner Gary Lee, a cat enthusiast,…

County budget moving toward completion

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Kelly Atkins spends hours daily making sure it’s ready. Though it won’t go into law until July 1, preparing the county’s annual budget is a bear of a task. The new county manager, who took the helm in December, often works into the early morning just…