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Residents: Industrial fire contaminated water

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer More than five months after a brush fire destroyed an East Lincoln industrial plant, nearby residents continue to suffer from what they say is the result of a contaminant leaked into their groundwater. Two Forest Oaks residents spoke at Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, while many…

Status quo not good enough for GOP mayoral candidate

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Republican Brandon Sigmon will face Democratic mayoral hopeful Ed Hatley in Lincolnton’s general election on Nov. 3. The assistant service manager at Mike Johnson Toyota of Hickory was raised in nearby Maiden but has called Lincolnton home for about two years. The Navy veteran, 31, is the…

Drugs, guns found during home search

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested two people and secured warrants against a third for possession of marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms, weapons and ballistic vests. Deputies were investigating a tip on Friday that marijuana was being sold at 1944 Brevard Place Road in Iron Station. When they went…

County names new tax administrator

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners officially removed the interim tag from Susan Sain’s title Monday night, naming her the county’s new tax administrator. The promotion is Sain’s second in an 18-year county career. She inherits the post made vacant by Kep Kepley, who took a similar role in…

Timeline unclear for depot relocation

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Carolina and North Western Railroad Freight Depot, which is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will soon rest at its new home in Newton where it can be preserved, observed and enjoyed by railroad and Lincolnton history enthusiasts. The depot became a…

Commissioners OK demolition of parts of Gamble Drive hospital

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In approving the demolition of portions of property at the former hospital facility at 200 Gamble Drive in Lincolnton, Lincoln County commissioners took a step forward Monday to moving county offices. Now county officials are tasked with finding new places for the departments that currently call…

Officers: Girl set fire at Wal-Mart

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Staff report A 17-year-old Lincolnton girl and her juvenile brother have been charged with setting fire to a display case of socks at the Lincolnton Wal-Mart on Monday. Firefighters with the Lincolnton Fire Department went to the store at approximately 9:30 a.m. to find that the fire had been extinguished…

Denver man charged with statutory rape

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Staff report A Denver man has been arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a statutory rape that allegedly occurred in May. Randy Everette Spivey, 41, of the 6000 block of Eli Lane, turned himself in Friday on one felony count of statutory rape/sex offense of a…

Pleasant Retreat Academy/Memorial Hall receives grants

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A historic building in Lincolnton has received two grants for assessments related to repairs that officials hope can be made in the near future. The Pleasant Retreat Academy/Memorial Hall building located at 129 East Pine Street in Lincolnton is owned by Lincoln County and has been…

Commissioners could hire new county taxman

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners is expected to formally announce the hiring of a new tax administrator when it meets tonight at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton. Howard “Vann” Harrell, Susan Sain and Janet Spears are the three finalists to take the…