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Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park on BOC agenda tonight

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners are expected to deliver their final verdict on Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park when they meet at the James W. Warren Citizens Center tonight. The park, a proposed training facility for top young extreme sports athletes across the region, was recommended for denial by…

Board of Elections announces early voting sites, hours

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Elections has announced one-stop voting hours and polling locations in advance of the March 15 primary election. Lincoln County residents seeking to vote early can stop by the James W. Warren Citizens Center, the East Lincoln Community Center or the North…

Avery wants more public involvement in government

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Robert Avery’s speeches at Lincoln County commission meetings have grown to become nearly as frequent as the Pledge of Allegiance that opens each session. But rather than continuing to air out his grievances at the bi-monthly meetings, the Crouse native recently decided to run for commissioner…

Sain wins ‘Best of Show’ in photography competition

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Paula Sain took top honors and garnered a “Best of Show” nod from the Arts Council of Lincoln County in its annual amateur photography competition. Sain’s entry captured her father, James Bullington, 89, in mid-smile. “I knew when I saw the photo that it was going…

DOT continues to clear county roads

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer As Lincoln County uncovered itself on Friday from an overnight snowfall, Lincoln County Maintenance Engineer Lee Garrison and crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation continued their work on primary roads and will begin clearing secondary roads when time allows. At 5 p.m. on Friday,…

Deputies: Man sold meth to detectives

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Staff report A Gastonia man has been charged by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with selling methamphetamine to undercover detectives. Richard Eugene Graham, 48, of Pecan Grove Circle, was arrested on Sunday and served with outstanding warrants. Deputies said Graham’s arrest was the result of a three-month investigation during which…

School board halts transfers in 6 eastern Lincoln County schools

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In response to the more than 5,000 platted and on-the-horizon homes projected for a booming East Lincoln, school board members last week closed transfer requests to six schools. Parents whose children don’t live in the areas zoned for Catawba Springs Elementary, Rock Springs Elementary, Pumpkin Center…

Early decisions pay off for Gallery 27

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer While ignoring the negative comments of those who said that an art gallery couldn’t work west of the Lincoln County Courthouse, Gallery 27 owner Stacey Pilkington-Smith has watched her business grow since opening the doors in July 2012. “I was looking for a place to exhibit…

Lincolnton man charged with child sexual assault

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with felony statutory first degree rape for crimes that allegedly occurred from 2000-2005. Joshua Adam Church, 31, of Calvary Church Road, was arrested Wednesday by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dan Renn. The suspect, who is…

DOT preparing for winter storms

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Trucks from the state’s Department of Transportation brined county roads on Wednesday in preparation for a potential winter storm. A winter weather advisory was issued by the National Weather Service on Wednesday afternoon for much of the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia. Light snow was expected…