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The adventures of Revonda Willis

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist During a recent visit with Revonda Willis and her husband she told me a story about when she was 5 years old. Her dad came home from work one day close to Christmas and told their family about one of the pulpwood haulers who worked where…

Criminal Charges — 7-27-15

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Criminal charges for July 27, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Brittany Chantais Orgeron, 24, of 3234 Cinnabar Ln. in Iron Station was charged July 23 with one count of failure to appear. A $600 secured bond was set. David Lee Thompson, 19, of 1214 Rosewood…

Man’s cross-country bike journey comes to an end

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer 52. 3,851. 2. Those numbers now have a special meaning for Jeremy Smith. Earlier this summer, the Lincolnton native faced a 13-state, 52-day, 3,851-mile journey that tested his endurance on a physical and mental level. But when he saw his second ocean, he knew he had…

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…

Hoyle earns Eagle Scout

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Kenlin Academy Preschool Graduation

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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…