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SWAT raid nets robbery suspect

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team raided two homes in the Oaklawn community in the city on Tuesday. Officers searched 1018 East Catawba Street and 1029 East Catawba street simultaneously after an investigation into a series of armed robberies in the area,…

Local singer to hit big stage in Denver

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Along with the many unfamiliar hurdles for Camryn Wilson to leap on Saturday will come one familiar, unmistakable obstacle. When the 16-year-old North Lincoln High School rising junior takes the stage at the Denver Area Business Association festival and fireworks show, the 18,000 people in attendance…

Deputies: Trio charged with trafficking cocaine

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Staff report Three Gaston County residents have been charged with trafficking more than an ounce of cocaine in Lincoln County after a Sheriff’s Office surveillance operation on Tuesday. Deputies said investigators watched a drug deal while conducting surveillance in the 3200 block of Gastonia Highway, south of Lincolnton. They later…

Council votes not to honor winning bid on caboose

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The caboose at the old railroad depot on North Poplar Street, which sold on a government auction website for $8,000, might be staying put. After the sale, Lincolnton City Manager Jeff Emory told the winner of the auction that he would not be able to pick…

County Parks and Rec ramps up summer programs

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Summer is officially here, school is out and Lincoln County residents are conquering outdoor activities at a volume unrivaled by the other three seasons. This means Lincoln County’s Parks and Recreation department is busy trying to keep up with the population and provide activities for people…

Strategic planning meeting reviews public feedback

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer On June 2, the City of Lincolnton held its city planning open house at the Lentz Center at Betty Ross Park, where about 200 citizens attended. The event proved fruitful in providing a platform for ideas generated by citizens that could be communicated to department heads…

BALLARD: Reunions and memories

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Last Saturday, the Ballard cousins had their yearly reunion, organized by Ron Ballard. My husband and I go every year and there is much fun, great food, old pictures and a lot of “I remember that, too” going around. Each year, the number of people expands…

Business and Community Development working toward goals for city’s future

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Vicki Davis has worked within cities both smaller and larger than Lincolnton. The city’s director of community and business development hit the ground running in November, when she relocated to the area after stints working for downtown development authorities and Main Street organizations in both Georgia…

Criminal Charges — 6-26-15

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Criminal charges for June 26, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Michael Odell Fair, 28, of 3029 Chestnut Rd. in Lincolnton was charged June 23 with one count each of assault of a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana up to ½ oz., possession of drug…

Around Town — 6-26-15

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Around town for June 26, 2015. SUNDAY Reunion The 62nd annual Lightfoot Williams and Rebecca Boggs Hoyle reunion will be held at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, at 6753 Hwy. 182 in Lawndale. All relatives are encouraged to attend and bring a well-filled picnic basket.…