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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…

OUR VIEW — Progress will come slowly

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The Oaklawn School is a landmark that deserves to be preserved and, even more, regain its rightful place as a beacon for education and community involvement in Lincolnton. A groundbreaking for a $600,000 renovation held on Tuesday is a step in the right direction, and it’s our hope that a…

‘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…

Deputies: Lincolnton woman stole nearly $200k from employer

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman has been charged with taking more than $196,000 from a Denver business over a period of seven years. On Jan. 20, an official with S and L Saw Mill, located at 3044 Highway 16 in Denver, filed a report regarding funds that were allegedly stolen…

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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