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Jetton’s bid to remove vehicle tax from budget fails

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton Councilman Roby Jetton made a motion to remove the $30 registered motor vehicle fee from the 2016-2017 city budget on Thursday, but the motion failed due to a lack of support from the other members of the council. While the budget won’t likely be adopted…

Lincoln County budget reflects growth, aging facilities

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The 2017 proposed budget for Lincoln County reflects local growth and the need for infrastructure improvements at county facilities. The budget rings in at $95,634,214. “Repairs and construction projects are needed since very few have been done in the last 25 years or so,” County Manager…

Vale woman wins $200,000 in lottery

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Staff report A hospice care worker from Vale won $200,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery. Donna Shronce was on her way home from work Tuesday night when she stopped at the Triple B One Stop on Highway 274 in Cherryville and bought a ticket for the $200,000 Gold Rush…

Runaway teen returns home safely

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Staff report A 14-year-old Lincolnton boy who was reported as a runaway on May 16 has returned home. Benjamin Lee Mack, II was reported by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to have run away from home. His mother contacted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday to tell deputies that he…

Five arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report Five Lincolnton residents have been arrested on felony drug charges after a joint operation between the Lincolnton Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Officers executed a search warrant at a home at 401 North Grove Street in Lincolnton on April 30 and seized methamphetamine and prescription…

Around Town — 5-20-16

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FRIDAY Evangelist Living Word Ministries, located at 1062 Hwy. 16 S. in Lowesville will host Barry Owensbey, an Evangelist and Missionary to Cuba for the past 25 years at 7 p.m. this evening, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. For more information call (704) 506-9879. Battle of…

Criminal Charges — 5-20-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Michael Dewayne Higgins, 44, of 3156 Landers Church Rd. in Lincolnton was charged May 16 with one count of possessing stolen goods. A $50 secured bond was set. Dennis Nelson Arquiett, 34, of 4874 Maggie Dr. in Hickory was charged May…

Ramsour’s Mill celebration on tap for weekend

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The 236th anniversary of the fight between the American Patriot Militia and the British Loyalists will be remembered as American history enthusiasts and historians alike will make their way to Lincolnton to participate in a re-enactment this weekend. On June 20, 1780, the American Patriot Militia…

Lincoln County man charged with trafficking opiates

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Staff report A Stanley man has been charged with trafficking prescription opiates. Deante Jerome Sowell, 23, of 946 Ben McLain Lane in Stanley, was arrested on April 29 by the Lincolnton Police Department on six felony counts of trafficking opiates and two felony counts of possession with intent to sell…

Denver man spends decade recreating ‘Charles W. Morgan’ ship

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Denver man has finished a project that was 10 years in the making. His intricate recreation of a part of American history will be on display at the 2016 Lincolnton Art Crawl today. The Charles W. Morgan whaleship, a historic landmark since 1966, was built…