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Commissioners OK $15 million move of offices

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of moving ahead with a project six years in the making on Tuesday, as plans for relocating county departments to the old Lincoln County Hospital facility will move past planning stages and into the first phase of…

Oaklawn renovation more than groundbreaking

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As golden shovels with wooden handles pierced the earth at Oaklawn School in Lincolnton on Tuesday, the celebration of the near 100-year-old structure’s impending overhaul was music to the ears of over 40 people who found their way to the grassy knoll off of Linden Street.…

Trio busted by probation officers

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Staff report Three people were arrested on drug charges in Lincolnton after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators assisted state probation and parole officers during a search of a home on Monday. Officers seized 13 bags containing a total of 60 grams of marijuana, two grams of cocaine, two tablets…

‘Canvassing Grant’ puts free smoke alarms in county homes

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fire deaths caused by fires in which no smoke alarms were present, or in which smoke alarms were present but didn’t operate, accounted for 60 percent of all home fire deaths. Smoke alarms were lacking in 37…

Huntersville man charged for indecent liberties

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Staff report A Huntersville man is being held in the Lincoln County Detention Center for the alleged inappropriate touching of a 14-year-old female. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Phillip James Rucker, 37, of 12714 Asbury Chapel Road in Huntersville, on Friday and charged him with two felony counts of…

Criminal Charges — 1-28-15

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:           Austin Blake Hicks, 19, of 5495 Ruby Ln. in Iron Station was charged Jan. 23 with one count of misdemeanor larceny. A $500 secured bond was set. Katie Michelle Melton, 22, of 1025 West Stagecoach Trail in Lawndale was charged…

Commissioners approve quarry expansion

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners on Monday approved an amendment to a rezoning permit to allow the Lake Norman Quarry to expand mining operations into a portion of the property that had previously been off limits because of an agreement with a nearby development, which was proposed but…

Lincoln County Senior Center hosts corn hole tournament

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Oaklawn renovation set to get under way

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The Oaklawn School was once a thriving, vibrant educational institution for African Americans in Lincolnton. But, for more than a decade, the building has essentially sat empty, and damage from a roof leak and deterioration have dramatically dimmed what was once a shining light in the…

Marshals catch fugitive murder suspect in city

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Staff report A man wanted in a 2003 Norfolk, Virginia murder was apprehended by U.S. Marshals with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Friday. Adam District deputies assisted Marshal’s Service agents in apprehending Shawn Terrell Greer, 38, at his residence at 116 Lakewood Avenue in Lincolnton in…