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Office move, budget on agenda for commissioners

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Lincoln County manager Kelly Atkins said two separate special called meetings this week are a product of scheduling conflicts. It was announced on Thursday that the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners would meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the possible relocation of…

State OKs West Lincoln liquor store

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Residents of western Lincoln County will no longer have to drive to Cherryville or make the trek to Lincolnton to legally purchase liquor. Last week, North Carolina’s ABC Board approved the store, which will be located at the intersection of Highway 27 West and…

Spelling bee with a cause set for Tuesday

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   For the 18th time, adult groups of four will take part in an annual spelling bee at the James Warren Citizen Center in Lincolnton on Tuesday night. The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation are partnering in…

Criminal Charges — 3-23-15

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Brandon Thomas Shepple, 23, of 3339 Old Country Ln. in Claremont was charged Mar. 13 with one count of probation violation. Rebecca Henderson Black, 57, of 3542 Navajo Dr. in Maiden was charged Mar. 13 with one count of simple…

Project seeks information on Vietnam veteran

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Janna Hoehn is looking for Ray Nixon. More specifically, she’s looking for a photo of Nixon, one of 11 Lincoln County soldiers to die in the Vietnam War. Hoehn, a Maui florist, has spent the last six years tracking down photos of Vietnam…

SWAT team deployed after man threatened officers on Facebook

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        A Maiden man was arrested in a raid by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team on Wednesday after threatening to kill law enforcement and probation officers. “The incident started on March 12, when probation/parole officers conducted a probation search at the home of Timothy Lee…

For Those About to Rock: Denver instructor promotes group learning

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      John Hatcher fosters fun, challenging environment   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Music instructors are no different than any other educator in the sense that they all have different styles, approaches and methods that ultimately reach the common goal of providing each student with a positive learning…

County considers new animal rules

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      ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   The discussion of a potential animal services ordinance will make its way to a public hearing on April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the James Warren Citizens Center. The ordinance, presented by animal services director Ron Rombs at Monday’s Board of Commissioners…

Search for missing Lincolnton woman continues

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  Staff report   The Lincolnton Police Department is seeking public assistance in locating a missing Lincolnton woman. Patricia Lynn Loveless, 62, has been missing since March 13. Loveless is a white female and is 5-foot-2 and weighs 98 lbs. with brown eyes and gray hair. She was last seen…

Commissioners to discuss office move, hold budget session

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    Staff report   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners has announced two special called meetings to take place next week. On Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m., the board will meet to further discuss the potential relocation of the county’s court system and county offices. A potential $15 million…