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Curtis, Saine discuss the new state budget

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina General Assembly voted last week to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget, passing the bill into law. The budget, which passed despite Cooper’s veto with a 73-46 vote in the House and a 34-14 vote in the Senate, checks in…

Pastor to give talk on early Methodist ‘circuit riders’

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Eastern Lincoln Historical Society is hosting a talk by Rev. Tony Matthews on Methodist circuit riders, to be held at the Rock Spring Camp Meeting Arbor on Monday at 6 p.m. Matthews was the pastor at Bethel-Fairfield United Methodist Church in Denver and campground…

Criminal Charges— 7-10-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Billy Joe Drum, 43, of 4065 Biggerstaff Rd. in Maiden was charged July 3 with one count of failure to comply. A $477.50 cash bond was set. Richard IV Reyes, 31, of 888 Acre Heights in Lincolnton was charged July 3…

Criminal Charges— 7-7-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Caleb Lane Mitchem, 21, of 3224 Harmon Rd. in Lincolnton was charged June 29 with one count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled…

Around Town— 7-7-17

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SATURDAY Festival Poplar Springs A.M.E Zion Church, located at 1205 Buffalo Shoals Rd. in Lincolnton will host a Jamaican Festival at 12 p.m. For more information call (704) 735-0960. Breakfast buffet Marvin UMC, located on Startown Rd. in Lincolnton will host a full breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. until 10…

Criminal Charges— 7-5-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jessie Walter Dillard, 28, of 115 Shamrock Rd. in Gastonia was charged June 26 with one count each of possession marijuana up to ½ oz. and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bobby Ray Blakenship, 27, of 5308 Kildare Dr. in Charlotte was…

City elections shift years, mayor’s term extended

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina General Assembly unanimously passed a bill last week that will move municipal elections in the city of Lincolnton from odd- to even-numbered years and extend the mayor’s term from two years to four years. House Bill 504, sponsored by Lincoln County state Rep.…

Lincoln Theatre Guild honors top performers with ‘Golden Guild Awards’

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln Theatre Guild closed a very successful season with the organization’s first Golden Guild Awards on Thursday. Special recognition was given for Best Actor and Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Star of the Ensemble and Who Stole the Show for each production…

Duke Energy hosts students during STEM camp

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Students from Lincoln County Schools spent Monday through Thursday of last week touring Duke Energy facilities, learning about the behind-the-scenes work that Duke Energy conducts as part of a special STEM camp that Duke offers to both Lincoln County and Catawba County schools. On Tuesday,…

Company ships high-quality charcoal across the country

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer When Robert Oren Eades of Sherrills Ford went to Troutman to pick up some recycled fan blades he was utilizing for an art project, he saw an old Webber grill in the corner of the warehouse and asked if he could buy it. Eades had…