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Man charged with theft from construction site

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Staff report A Cherryville man has been charged in connection with the December theft of a trailer loaded with lumber from a construction site on Ernest Houser Road. Deputies were dispatched to the construction site on Dec. 13 after Travis Lawing of Travis Lawing Builders told officers that sometime between…

Criminal Charges — 2-22-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Kevin Alejandro Rodriguez, 24, of 2207 Lake St. in Lincolnton was charged on Feb. 7 with two counts of failure to appear. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Megan Ann Cooke, 28, of 209 S. 2nd Ave. in Maiden was charged…

Around Town — 2-22-17

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TODAY Meeting The Lincoln County Board of Education will host a special called board meeting at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education Administrative Office, located at 353 N Generals Blvd. in Lincolnton. The purpose of this meeting will be to consider the process for a superintendent search and to…

East Lincoln Speedway event to aid man’s cancer battle

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Even as a child, Manuel Johnson had a history of headaches, according to his oldest sister, Kathy Johnson. He simply lived with them until the day he went to work, reached down into his tool box to get a tool and couldn’t remember what tool…

Saine-sponsored bill would help connect rural areas to high-speed internet

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine has co-sponsored a bill designed to equip rural communities with high-speed internet. “This is an opportunity for local governments to partner with private enterprise to help spread broadband in a very directed way if there’s a need for infrastructure,” Saine…

Pair arrested in connection with carjacking

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Staff report Two people charged in connection with an armed robbery and carjacking in Lincoln County have been arrested in Caldwell County. Destiny Dawn Bentley, 21, of East Berkley Street in Granite Falls, turned herself in to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday. She was charged with one felony…

Churches, universities come together to make prom magical

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Prom night is a special time for many high school juniors and seniors. For some, it’s the most important social event of their entire high school career and a rite of passage. Students often look forward to it for months or even years. But attendance…

Lincoln County Special Olympics holds bowling event

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer More than 250 athletes competed this year at Lincoln County Special Olympics annual bowling competition on Thursday at Pin Station in Newton. Many of the competitors have been attending the event for years and have been brushing up on their skills during field trips to…

Commissioners considering wastewater treatment plant expansion

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A proposal for expanding the Killian Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant that could potentially double the sewer capacity in Lincoln County will likely be presented to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners next month. Lincoln County Public Works director Don Chamblee delivered a presentation on Thursday morning,…

Chamber to oversee Lincolnton events and marketing coordinator

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The chamber of commerce is in search of a new events and marketing coordinator to replace Abby Cole, who has accepted a marketing and public relations position with Partners Behavioral Health Management. “I’ve enjoyed my time with the City of Lincolnton,” Cole said. “This is my…