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Business Spotlight: A Cut Above

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Megan Recore was essentially born into her line of work. She was just 2 years old when her mother started working for Kay Houser at A Cut Above on Sycamore Street in Lincolnton. Twenty-seven years later, she and her mother co-own the boutique and it’s Recore’s…

Event celebrates 235th anniversary of Battle of Ramsour’s Mill

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton unites for the 235th anniversary of the fight between the Whigs of the American Patriot Militia and the British Loyalists (Tories) this weekend, the battle of Ramsour’s Mill will be celebrated through re-enactment. The battle that took place on June 20, 1780 saw the…

Group threatens lawsuit against Lincoln County

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In an email sent on Monday, a Washington, D.C. religious liberty watchdog group warned Lincoln County commissioners not to ban non-Christian prayer from government meetings and gave commissioners 30 days to respond. The letter, sent from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, comes in…

City appears to avoid tax hike

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer It has been a challenging budget season for officials and department heads with the City of Lincolnton. While navigating lost water and sewer revenue, a second loss in five years in revenue via tax revaluations and the ever-rising cost of employee health insurance, the city looks…

Pair accused of selling meth

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Staff report A Kings Mountain man and woman are facing felony drug charges after they allegedly sold more than an ounce of methamphetamine to undercover officers on Friday. The drugs had a value of $1,800-$3,000, depending on how they were packaged for sale, deputies said. Following the purchase, narcotics investigators…

Restaurant owners spar over Gastonia location

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The battle for a Gastonia property has pitted two Lincoln County restaurant owners against each other, with Gastonia’s City Council as the referee. Members of the council voted 6-1 to reject bids for the rights to the former Webb Theater from Byron Sackett’s Homesteads Grill &…

Mother: Daughter won’t take EOGs

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Kristin Bartone spoke with certainty and confidence during Tuesday’s Lincoln County school board meeting, announcing that her daughter would not take part in state-required end-of-grade testing. The mother of two Union Elementary School children said that her third grader would not participate. She was equally clear…

Two county high schools nominated for ‘Blumey Awards’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Two Lincoln County high schools have been nominated in four categories for the fourth annual Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards. North Lincoln High School is nominated for best set, best featured performer and best tier one musical. The Knights’ Nathan Burley garnered a…

Man arrested for peeping at Wal-Mart

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Staff report A Forsyth County man has been accused of using his cellphone to take videos up an unsuspecting woman’s skirt at the Denver Wal-Mart. Trevor Chase Spaugh, 24, of 450 Lewisville Vienna Road in Lewisville, was charged on Monday with felony secret peeping by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.…

Criminal Charges — 5-13-15

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Criminal charges for May 13, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Angela Rene Martin, 28, of 659 Springs East Rd. in Lincolnton was charged May 8 with two counts of failure to comply and one count of failure to appear. A $320 secured bond was set.…