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City men face drug and weapons charges

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Two Lincolnton men are facing drug and weapons charges after city police executed search warrants at their address. The Lincolnton Police Department served search warrants at 722 E. Pine Street following a multi-week investigation that was initiated after citizen complaints of criminal and drug activity. During…

New homes make a comeback

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Planning and Inspections Department has witnessed a rise in residential housing construction this year. “In the first nine months of 2014, we’ve issued more permits for single-family homes than were issued in all of last year, making this the best year for housing starts…

4 nabbed for vehicle break-ins

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Three Cornelius men and one teen have been charged for a string of vehicle break-ins that recently took place in the eastern part of Lincoln County. According to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Dyante Siobhan Henley, 23, of 9728 Psalms Street, Andre…

Lincoln Theatre Guild to bring Broadway to Main Street

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Residents of Lincoln County will soon get a taste of Broadway, as the Lincoln Theatre Guild presents Old and New – A Music Revue. Set to show Oct. 30, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, local singers will bring the iconic New York theatre scene to life…

Local nurse named among top 100 in state

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Kevin Johnson, an emergency room nurse at Carolinas Healthcare System–Lincoln, was recently selected as one of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina. Johnson was nominated for the honor with The Great 100, Inc. by the emergency department’s nurse manager, Cathy Mason. “I think it was…

Federal court delays part of NC voting law

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Staff report North Carolina voters will be able to participate in same-day registration and out-of-precinct provisional voting during this year’s election after a federal appeals court ruled that several sections of the state’s new voting regulations could not be implemented for the midterm election. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals…

Local folk artists ready for Sherrill’s Ford festival

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lake Norman Folk Art Festival kicks off in Sherrill’s Ford on Saturday. For six years running, the festival has drawn artists from around the state and has showcased all sorts of artwork, including woodturning, pottery, sculpture, painting, furniture making and everything in between. Lincoln County…

OUR VIEW — Just a little transparency

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The Lincolnton Police Department’s recent purchase of 10 body-worn cameras for patrol officers is a step in the right direction toward transparency and accountability in the city’s law enforcement activities. But, thanks to North Carolina’s laughable public records statutes, the vast majority of the footage obtained through the cameras won’t…

Petition grows against county proposal

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist I’ve always loved that old adage that if you want something done, “ask a busy person.” And many times I have relied on that expression and the work would soon be finished. I know a woman who never believed in that. When she wanted something done,…

Reader’s Forum

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Chief should have final say on police policy As a retired police captain, I think body cameras are a great idea for the protection of the public and the police officers, but why should the policies regarding their use have to go through the City Council? They are not cops.…