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County votes to put new building for offices at site of old hospital

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   After more than five years of planning, Lincoln County commissioners finally reached a conclusion on county office moves at a meeting on Tuesday. The board voted 3-2 against using an old building and 4-1 against constructing a new building behind the James W.…

At 91, Helen Blackburn keeps playing

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  Musician has held post at Lincolnton’s Riverview Baptist Church for 72 years     PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Lincolnton resident Helen Blackburn, 91, defies many perceptions of what life may be like for an elderly person. She has a quick wit, a keen sense of humor and a…

Ordinance gets new public hearing

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Today’s meeting for the county’s Board of Commissioners won’t exactly be typical. The expected audience is large enough that having the meeting in the chambers on the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center — the board’s normal locale — won’t…

Frank Love Orchestra pays tribute

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   When the band begins to play, its namesake won’t be able to partake in the festivities. But for the 18 members of the Frank Love Orchestra, continuing to perform is only what’s right. And it’s what Love himself would have wanted. The group…

In 68th year, city’s Easter Egg Hunt still a success

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Man was trafficking methamphetamine from Ga.

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    Staff report   Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers arrested two men on felony drug charges on Wednesday in separate investigations. Deputies learned that a vehicle carrying methamphetamine was traveling through Lincoln County on the way to Catawba County, according to a press release, and stopped the vehicle.…

City will host hearings on Duke coal ash pit permits

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Despite potentially having to pay upward of $125 million in a federal settlement and a state fine, the nation’s largest utility company is pressing forward with wastewater permit renewal requests which nature advocates fear could contaminate local water. The permits, which are renewed…

Eagle Scout candidate stays close to home with project

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  LHS freshman builds flagpole, improves landscaping and dugouts at LMS     ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Jade Clark is not yet an Eagle Scout. The process is long and difficult, of course. Paperwork needs to be filled out. Tasks have to be completed. But the Lincolnton High School…

McHenry gets crash course at Rock Springs

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   When Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) toured Denver’s Rock Springs Elementary on Wednesday, he got a taste of what is perhaps the future of technology in education. The visit, a second stop on a tour that took the House of Representatives’ chief deputy…

Bank wants to give $75k, name city park

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   First Federal Savings Bank of Lincolnton has proposed a $75,000 contribution to a new city park, which has a soft goal of opening in August. During a session on Thursday night, members of Lincolnton’s City Council listened to a presentation from CEO Wayne…