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Pieces of depot will be re-used

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer While the current location of the historic Carolina and North Western Railroad Freight Depot on Poplar Street in Lincolnton will make way for First Federal Park in 2016, portions of the structure will be saved and used in a recreation of Lincolnton’s railroad history. The Carolina…

Board of Elections gets new members

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Three new members to the Lincoln County Board of Elections were sworn in Tuesday by Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland. Republicans Kenny Tucker and Todd Burgin and Democrat Judy Caudill replace one-term board members Wayne Mitchem, Charles Newman and Marsha Jordan. Burgin, the county’s 2010 Republican of…

Thirteen women vie for Apple Queen crown

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Thirteen women will compete for scholarship money and local celebrity status at the 37th annual Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant on Saturday at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. event, which will see someone inherit the title…

Law enforcement recruitment shows contrasting trends

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As law enforcement agencies across the country have come under scrutiny for their practices on the street while dealing with the public, North Carolina has been no stranger to incidents that have brought the motives and actions of law enforcement into question. But there are contrasting…

Drugs, stolen gun found during raid

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Staff report Three men are facing drug charges following a search of a home on Lakeland Avenue in Lincolnton on Wednesday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they found more than 35 grams of cocaine, more than 10 grams of marijuana, 80 Xanax pills, cash, drug paraphernalia and…

BELL program provides enrichment for visually impaired

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Braille Enrichment Literacy for Learning program concluded a two-week program today that enabled eight area children ages 5-14 to write, cook, read and interact with other visually impaired peers. Most students in the program were the only blind children at their schools and didn’t often…

Overtime law changes could affect county

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer County Manager Kelly Atkins briefly warned commissioners Monday that a federal law change could impact how local governments classify and pay their employees. Last month, President Barack Obama and the Department of Labor announced a proposal that would extend overtime pay to almost five million workers…

Local students to perform with Baptist all-state choir

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Group will perform at First Baptist in Lincolnton on Sunday PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Eight Lincolnton youths will join 85 others from around the state for a string of six choral performances around the western region of the state. On July 19, the participants met for rehearsal at Gardner-Webb University…

Status quo not good enough for GOP mayoral candidate

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Republican Brandon Sigmon will face Democratic mayoral hopeful Ed Hatley in Lincolnton’s general election on Nov. 3. The assistant service manager at Mike Johnson Toyota of Hickory was raised in nearby Maiden but has called Lincolnton home for about two years. The Navy veteran, 31, is the…

Drugs, guns found during home search

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested two people and secured warrants against a third for possession of marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms, weapons and ballistic vests. Deputies were investigating a tip on Friday that marijuana was being sold at 1944 Brevard Place Road in Iron Station. When they went…