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Officers remain visible at schools

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The concept of a school resource officer was relatively foreign in the United States prior to the late 1950s. Initially, an SRO was used as way to facilitate a better relationship between young teens and law enforcement. A Flint, Michigan experiment during the Dwight Eisenhower presidency…

Airport business park could break ground in 2018

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A proposed business park addition to the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport could not only bring in new business to the area, but also much-needed tax revenue. A 2009 study initiated by the Lincoln Economic Development Association, Lincoln County Planning and Inspections and the City of Lincolnton…

Volunteers to come together to build YMCA playground

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer There is no long-term building plan for the playground that will soon sit across the street from the Lincoln County YMCA. Engineers and architects weren’t hired and the project wasn’t subject to a bidding process. Instead, it’s the product of a KaBOOM! playground grant, and its…

Lincoln Charter’s dream becomes reality

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer What started as an idea and a dream has become a reality. Lincoln Charter School opened the new building on its Lincolnton campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday. Two days later, classes began and the school’s ninth, 10th and 11th graders were no longer forced…

More than a Meeting: Tucker’s Grove lives on

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  Attendees uphold tradition of faith and friendship in Iron Station   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A stroll through the Iron Station-based Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting brings forth a feeling of warmth, tradition and, most abundantly, faith. For more 140 years, the campground listed on the U.S. National Register of…

County OKs 150-home neighborhood

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer By approving a 64-acre, 150-home housing development, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners elected not to “hold the developer hostage” for things beyond his control. Two weeks ago, the county’s planning board recommended accepting Campground 64 LLC’s request despite traffic concerns voiced by future neighbors. On Monday,…

Library, schools to partner on online access

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A new partnership will enable students at Lincoln County public schools to have unfettered access to the county libraries’ online resources. Library director Jennifer Sackett confirmed the agreement, which has yet to be finalized, on Monday. Sackett said the partnership will allow students to use student…

Eyes on the Pies: 40-year ECA tradition transcends generations

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer There is more to a pie than meets the eye. Like any good southern cooking, a tablespoon of love and a sprinkle of tradition goes a long way. “I don’t weigh them,” Lucille Johnson said. “I have been doing this for 30 years. I know by…

Deputies: Man had methamphetamine, automatic rifle

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Staff report Staff report A Vale man has been charged with possessing methamphetamine and an automatic weapon by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Narcotics investigators executed a search warrant at 5052 Grigg Road on Thursday and allegedly found several guns, ammunition and meth. Hector Quiroz, 39, was charged with one…

Camp meeting opens at Tucker’s Grove

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