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Commissioners to hear presentation on Block Smith Gym sale

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A proposal to renovate the Block Smith Gym to create a science center in Lincolnton will be brought back before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners tonight. Edward McFadden, founder and chairman of STEM Career Path Project, Inc. will address the commissioners seeking a letter of…

Bill would expand benefits for firefighters

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine has co-sponsored a bill filed last month that provides a special separation allowance for North Carolina firefighters and rescue squad workers. “This provides firefighters with a means to retire before the social security age without fear of not being able…

Good Samaritan saves teen in car wreck

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Staff report A passing motorist likely saved a teenager’s life following a car accident in eastern Lincoln County on Friday night. The teenager was speeding down Wingate Hill Road in Denver and lost control of his vehicle, according to North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers. The vehicle went off the road,…

Commissioners to vote on two East Lincoln developments

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will cast a final vote tonight on two rezoning requests related to residential developments in East Lincoln. The first, a request from MD-Seven Financial, LLC to amend the master plan for the previously approved mixed-use Rivercross development on Highway 16…

Lincoln County Government Center project postponed

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  MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The plan for a new Lincoln County Government Center at the site of the old Lincoln County Hospital has been put on hold until at least 2019. The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners agreed to postpone the project during a special called budget work session…

Vale woman charged with breaking and entering

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Staff report A Vale woman has been charged with breaking into an unoccupied residence on McRee Road in Lincolnton. The homeowner reported the break-in on April 8. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said the thief broke the glass out of a back door and stole three televisions, valued at $1,700,…

Criminal Charges— 4-17-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jerry Daniel Kaylor, 44, of 649 Jeff Kaylor Ln. in Lincolnton was charged Apr. 7 with one count of adjudication hearing. Bobby Dean McKinney, 25, of 303 E. Gibbs St. in Dallas was charged Apr. 7 with one count of possession…

Big Government: No friend of the poor

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist When you’re a conservative, you have to develop a thick skin. You get used to hearing how heartless you are. How devoid of compassion. And why? Because you don’t automatically support every government program that purports to help poor people. Why, you conservatives must hate poor…

Around Town— 4-14-17

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FRIDAY Good Friday Daniels Lutheran Church, located at 3170 Reepsville Rd. in Lincolnton will host a Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. SATURDAY Easter vigil Augustana Lutheran Church, located off Hwy. 70 SE, 1523 16th St. SE in Hickory will host an Easter Vigil beginning at 6 p.m. Easter egg…

Criminal Charges— 4-14-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jerald Leon Martin II, 41, of 301 Little St. in Lincolnton was charged Apr. 5 with one count of failure to comply. A $480 cash bond was set. Cecil Keith Martin, 52, of 18009 Kings Point Drive in Cornelius was charged…