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Commissioners set for budget retreat

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Less than halfway through the fiscal year, Lincoln County government already has its eyes set to the future. Commissioners, together with County Manager Kelly Atkins, finance director Deanna Rios and any department head whose attendance commissioners require, will convene on Thursday at the James W. Warren…

Gallery 27 offers sensory journey with ‘Surface Solutions’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Gallery 27 in Lincolnton will be offering a sensory journey to gallery attendees when they bring the work of two Charlotte artists to town to kick off their 2016 series “Visiting Artist Series.” The work of artists Chris Craft and Tim Sheaffer will be highlighted Jan.…

Commissioners OK 300-home development in Denver

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Absent of much conversation, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Eastwood Homes’ application to construct Carrington, a 302-home development south of South Pilot Knob Road on the east side of the Highway 16 Bypass in East Lincoln. Board chair Cecelia Martin said there was no reason…

Deputies: Man had two ounces of cocaine

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Staff report A Conover man has been accused of bringing two ounces of cocaine into Lincoln County. Misael Martinez Garcia, 21, of 1911 August Street, was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit on Monday. Deputies said they were conducting a surveillance operation near the 1600 block of…

Santa Claus is comin’ to town, by air

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Santa Claus is skydiving into town this week, courtesy of Maiden-based Skydive Central North Carolina. Claus and a collection of his elves will make their aerial arrival at Laneys Airport at noon on Saturday, weather permitting. Skydive Central owner Kelvin Wilkerson Jr. said the event was scheduled to…

Man accused of stealing girlfriend’s car

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Staff report A Vale man has been charged with stealing a vehicle from his ex-girlfriend and leading officers on a car chase. The victim told officers on Dec. 8 that Daniel McKellen Harmon, her ex-boyfriend, stole her vehicle. Officers attempted to locate Harmon and spoke with him by phone to…

Cecelia Martin files for re-election to BOC

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners’ first chairwoman fulfilled her promise to seek re-election Friday. Cecelia Martin, 68, is the sixth Republican and eighth overall candidate to enter the field. Her seat is one of three that will be up for grabs in November. “I welcome…

Lincolnton native’s star keeps rising in fashion world

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Placed amongst a list of well-known celebrities that included Kendrick Lamar, Prince, Lester Holt and Janet Jackson, a Lincolnton clothing designer was recently honored with red carpet treatment at a Beverly Hills hotel. Charles Harbison is featured in this year’s EBONY Power 100, a catalog of…

Lincoln Charter School teacher files for BOC election

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A crowded field hoping to fill the three soon-to-be-open Lincoln County commission seats grew by one on Thursday when Preston Springer filed his paperwork at the county Board of Elections office. Springer became the fifth Republican and third current or former teacher to enter the race.…

Investigation of city manager for sexual harassment ongoing

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer An investigation of a sexual harassment complaint against Lincolnton City Manager Jeff Emory by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is still ongoing. Mediation between both parties in Charlotte on Oct. 13 yielded no conclusion to the accusations. In the grievance, city clerk Donna Flowers claims…