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Pair found passed out at gas station, arrested for drugs

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      Staff report   A man and woman are facing drug charges after deputies allegedly found them passed out inside a vehicle at a gas station in western Lincoln County on Saturday. Whitney Doral Sain and Travis Shane Bivens were found in a vehicle parked in front of…

Downtown development inching closer to reality

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   As the City of Lincolnton collectively anticipates a groundbreaking for three separate structures that would produce a total of 38 multi-family units in the downtown area, approval of the Smart Growth Incentive Grant offered by the city must be endorsed by county commissioners…

Search for missing woman comes up empty

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      Staff report   A Lincolnton woman is still missing after a search of several bodies of water and woods in and around Lincolnton by the Lincolnton Police Department and the Lincoln County Special Operations Team. The two groups searched the Clarks Creek water system and the South…

Denver doctor launches East Lincoln Wellness Foundation

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   A Denver physician has launched a nonprofit to benefit those who struggle with the cost of medical attention and supplies within Lincoln County. The East Lincoln Wellness Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity, is aligning itself to make a difference in the lives of many…

County explores office move options

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   The long-planned idea of moving Lincoln County’s offices appears to be making its way toward a final decision by the Board of Commissioners. Public Works and Utilities director Don Chamblee presented the Board of Commissioners with three potential options and ballpark dollar figures for…

Around Town — 3-25-15

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  THURSDAY Covekeepers meeting A meeting of the Lake Norman Covekeepers will be held at 7 p.m. at the East Lincoln Fire Department at 406 South Pilot Knob Road in Stanley. Guest speaker is Laura Shidal, educational ranger for Mt. Island Educational State Forest. She will brief the group on…

Former reality TV star opens boutique

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        ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Taylor Wright believes in three main things: God, guns and a good time. The Rockingham native is best known for her time on two seasons of the reality show “Party Down South,” CMT’s most popular show. Wright was chronicled as one…

BALLARD: Homeless stories make for a sleepless night, thoughts on our similarities and differences

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    PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist After reading Phil Perry’s series on the homeless in our area, I have had so many random thoughts going through my mind. How can I help? Who else could help? What else could be done to help those who want to become active in…

Cops, Criminals and Citizens: Who do body cameras protect?

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   In the tangled aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri killing of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown by law enforcement, there has been a collective push by civil rights activists, citizens and law enforcement for the implementation of body cameras for police agencies across…

Man allegedly robbed after stopping to help motorist

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   A man claims that he was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning after stopping to help what appeared to be a stranded motorist on Hill Road in Lincoln County while on his way to work. After agreeing to let the man use his cell…