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City acquires land for park, could open by late summer

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   The proposed Lincolnton City Park took one giant step toward becoming a reality when the city purchased a plot of land in late February that will be home to the multi-function recreation area. The land transfer should be complete by May 1.…

County hosts forum on West Lincoln library

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Public Library held a pair of forums on Thursday to discuss the potential for a new library in West Lincoln to replace the one currently on West Highway 27 in Vale. Library director Jennifer Sackett said around 60 people attended…

BALLARD: St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, Georgia

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  PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist If you’ve never been to Savannah, Georgia for St. Patrick’s Day, and you like to celebrate holidays, this is an adventure you will want to take. I’ll give you a hint though, if you are going to spend the night there, you must make your…

Criminal Charges — 3-16-15

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Tory Lee Honeycutt, 34, of 1439 Redbud Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Mar. 10 with one count of failure to appear. A $500 secured bond was set. Tyreke Dreshawn Alexander, 18, 1125 Buffalo Shoals Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Mar.…

PERRY: When homelessness hits home

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer I try very hard to take something out of every interaction and experience in my life. It isn’t always positive, but I try to learn and grow from it. Last week, I put together a three -part series on homelessness in Lincoln County with the help…

Police seek public help to locate missing Lincolnton woman

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   A Lincolnton woman was reported missing on Friday evening. The Lincolnton Police Department received a call from the roommate of Patricia Loveless, 62, at 6:22 p.m. to report her as missing. Loveless was last seen on Friday morning walking on Main Street. She…

Around Town — 3-13-15

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TODAY Hot dogs/fish fry The Tribe of Zebulon with host a hot dog/fish fry at Lena Johnson’s, located at 5958 Tuckers Grove Church Rd. in Iron Station, beginning at 1 p.m. Plates, sandwiches and drinks will be available. For call in orders, call (704) 735-5769. Christian recovery meeting Hull’s Grove…

Couple arrested for drugs, child abuse

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      Staff report   Two people were arrested on narcotics and child abuse charges after a search of a Lincolnton residence on Wednesday by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators. Deputies received information that drugs were being sold at a residence at 1828 Beaumont Lane and obtained and…

Homeless in Lincoln County: Law enforcement weighs in

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Many people who find themselves homeless struggle with mental illness, substance abuse problems and, often, abusive relationships. Some are displaced due to poor financial decisions and others may be hiding from child support orders or a checkered criminal history. As many as 20…

City hopes to avoid tax hike

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   During discussions at the City of Lincolnton’s annual budget retreat on Feb. 27, officials were faced with the task of finding solutions to issues that could negatively affect the 2015-16 city budget. While the budget will not be completed until late May or early…