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City Council to discuss contracts with county

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council is expected to set a date to further discuss proposed contracts with Lincoln County during its meeting Thursday night. One potential agreement that has long been discussed is regarding water negotiations. Mayor John Gilleland, who has often stressed Lincolnton’s need…

Unemployment rate rises for second month

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s jobless rate edged back up for the second month in a row, according to the latest figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Tuesday. For the month of June, the county saw its unemployment rate increase to 9.8 percent, up…

New art gallery set to open

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton resident Stacey Pilkington-Smith hopes a new art community will emerge with the grand opening of her business Gallery 27. The facility will host a “soft” opening today in order to work out any potential kinks, Pilkington-Smith said. She described the gallery as a place…

Two men rescued from river, then charged

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two men who became stranded on the South Fork River over the weekend after their canoe flipped during heavy flooding face alcohol violations, Lincoln County Emergency Management officials said. The Lincoln County Water Rescue Team, comprised of swift water rescue technicians from various county…

Heavy rains, floods cause major damage

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Flood waters overtook numerous roadways throughout the region Saturday as the area continued to witness a season of record downpours. Lincoln County suffered unprecedented weather damage. In addition, Catawba County officials have declared multiple areas north of Lincoln a state of emergency.…

Community garden benefits needy families

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   For the past two years, Lincoln County has participated in a statewide initiative geared toward healthier eating, with a community garden planted to provide fruits and vegetables to those less fortunate. The Nourishing North Carolina (NNC) program, a partnership between North Carolina Recreation & Park…

Teen arrested for BB gun shooting spree

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police have arrested at least one person whom they said used a BB gun to shoot numerous vehicles and a woman earlier this month in Lincolnton. Officers charged Robert Charles Champlin III, 19, of 311 Beard Road in Lincolnton, on Friday, according to a report.…

Vehicle fire leads to pot grow operation in home

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies responded to a marijuana grow operation inside an Iron Station residence Thursday after firefighters, already at the home for a vehicle fire, alerted officers of potential drugs inside, the Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators seized roughly 6 ounces of the controlled substance from 1334…

Firefighter charged with stealing from departments

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An eastern Lincoln County firefighter turned himself into Sheriff’s detectives Wednesday morning on accusations he embezzled from two area fire departments where he worked. Lee Thomas Keever, 36, of 7225 Caley Lane in Denver, has been charged with two felony counts of obtaining property…

Program helps young readers get up to speed

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Nearly 50 rising 1st-3rd graders with low reading scores have been participating this summer in Lincoln County’s second annual Y Readers program at Iron Station Elementary School. Last year, YMCA of Greater Charlotte brought the program to the area based on the nearness…