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Public hearing will address transportation projects

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A public comment meeting will be held tonight at the East Lincoln Community Center to help identify future transportation projects. The Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization and North Carolina Department of Transportation have proposed a ranking of projects being considered at the Division Tier of the project…

Around Town — 8-10-16

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TODAY Revival Services Apostle Eugene Brooks and the New Providence Full Gospel Church, located at 947 George Brown Rd. in Crouse will host their annual revival services from today until August 12, 2016 starting at 7 p.m. each night with guest minister Robert Hayes. THURSDAY Meeting The Sons of Confederate…

Criminal Charges — 8-10-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: James Shawn Thomas, 40, of 105 Midway Terrace was charged on August 5 with one count of fugitive from justice. Anthony Kaine Helton, 20, of 2288 Dover Church Rd. in Taylorsville was charged on August 5 with two counts each of…

Apple Festival board reveals shirt design

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Staff report The board of directors for the Lincoln County Apple Festival has announced the contest winner for the design of the t-shirt for the 2016 event. Lincoln County resident Matt Donnelly, a senior in graphic design at Appalachian State University, submitted the winning design and received the contest prize…

Deputies: Man held gun to woman’s head, threatened to kill

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Staff report A Gastonia man was arrested on Wednesday and charged with assaulting the mother of his child. Detective Kelly Paris followed up on a report filed by the woman, who said Jeremy Dale Morgan grabbed her by the throat and choked her while holding a gun to her head.…

West Lincoln’s Keely Stempien crowned Apple Queen

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Keely Stempien was crowned as Lincoln County’s 38th Apple Queen on Saturday evening. The rising West Lincoln High School senior dazzled the audience and judges alike, claiming one of Lincoln County’s most prestigious titles at the young age of 17. “Whenever it was announced I honestly…

Boger City Fire Department welcomes two new firefighters

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Boger City Fire Department welcomed two new firefighters to its roster of full-time employees on Thursday with a badge pinning ceremony. Logan Sauceda and Colt Henderson were the finalists of 17 applicants that successfully navigated a written exam, a physical abilities test and a pair…

City Council approves contract for construction of First Federal Park

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council approved a contract with Howard Construction Company on Thursday evening and will now proceed with the construction of First Federal Park in downtown Lincolnton. However, some amenities have been removed from the original renderings after all four qualifying bids came in well above…

ELHA to host presentation on Brotherton family

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The East Lincoln Historical Association will host a presentation today on the historical significance of the Brotherton family to Lincoln County at the Mundy House in Denver. According to organizers and county historians, the Brotherton family serves as one of the county’s earliest settlers and relatives…

Westport project spurs debate in public hearing

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Residents of the Westport community came out in force for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners public hearing on a developer’s request to build more homes in the area. Westport Construction Partners is seeking to amend a conditional use planned development district to alter the layout…