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Sain wins ‘Best of Show’ in photography competition

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Paula Sain took top honors and garnered a “Best of Show” nod from the Arts Council of Lincoln County in its annual amateur photography competition. Sain’s entry captured her father, James Bullington, 89, in mid-smile. “I knew when I saw the photo that it was going…

DOT continues to clear county roads

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer As Lincoln County uncovered itself on Friday from an overnight snowfall, Lincoln County Maintenance Engineer Lee Garrison and crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation continued their work on primary roads and will begin clearing secondary roads when time allows. At 5 p.m. on Friday,…

Deputies: Man sold meth to detectives

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Staff report A Gastonia man has been charged by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with selling methamphetamine to undercover detectives. Richard Eugene Graham, 48, of Pecan Grove Circle, was arrested on Sunday and served with outstanding warrants. Deputies said Graham’s arrest was the result of a three-month investigation during which…

School board halts transfers in 6 eastern Lincoln County schools

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In response to the more than 5,000 platted and on-the-horizon homes projected for a booming East Lincoln, school board members last week closed transfer requests to six schools. Parents whose children don’t live in the areas zoned for Catawba Springs Elementary, Rock Springs Elementary, Pumpkin Center…

Early decisions pay off for Gallery 27

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer While ignoring the negative comments of those who said that an art gallery couldn’t work west of the Lincoln County Courthouse, Gallery 27 owner Stacey Pilkington-Smith has watched her business grow since opening the doors in July 2012. “I was looking for a place to exhibit…

Lincolnton man charged with child sexual assault

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with felony statutory first degree rape for crimes that allegedly occurred from 2000-2005. Joshua Adam Church, 31, of Calvary Church Road, was arrested Wednesday by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dan Renn. The suspect, who is…

DOT preparing for winter storms

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Trucks from the state’s Department of Transportation brined county roads on Wednesday in preparation for a potential winter storm. A winter weather advisory was issued by the National Weather Service on Wednesday afternoon for much of the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia. Light snow was expected…

One dead in crash near county line

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A two-vehicle crash near the Lincoln County-Mecklenburg County line on Highway 73 in Huntersville resulted in one death and multiple injuries Tuesday evening. Front passenger McKinsey Chance Pleasants, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver, Melissa Elizabeth Clark, was transported to Carolinas Medical…

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office: By the numbers 2015

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer As Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter refines his budget for 2016, the Sheriff’s Office has released some numbers from 2015 that show a large increase in white-collar crime for Lincoln County while violent crimes remain steady with 2014 numbers, but cut in half from 2013. White-collar…

McCall ‘ahead of the game’ in BOC race

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Not deterred by her narrow defeats, Republican Anita McCall is again a familiar face in Lincoln County’s election season. McCall received 2,093 votes two years ago and is one of two candidates who chose to run again after an unsuccessful 2014 Board of Commissioners campaign. She…