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Lincoln Charter’s dream becomes reality

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer What started as an idea and a dream has become a reality. Lincoln Charter School opened the new building on its Lincolnton campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday. Two days later, classes began and the school’s ninth, 10th and 11th graders were no longer forced…

Criminal Charges — 8-19-15

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Criminal charges for August 19, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Timothy Samuel Bryan, 56, of 732 N. Aspen St. in Lincolnton was charged Aug. 14 with one count each of left of center and driving while impaired. Wilbert Dean Smith, 49, of 843 Buffalo Shoals…

Some neighbors oppose apartment complex

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A new housing development on Buffalo Shoals Road that will target young professionals has served as a lightning rod for contrasting opinions regarding its relevance and what it will bring to the area. The proposed 200-unit apartment complex, with units that will rent for $700-$1,200, received…

With a little help from our friends as we get older

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist I’ve been blessed to have good health as long as I have. As I enter my late 60’s, I find sometimes recuperating takes much longer. Having recently had two epidural spinal injections for a back problem, with instructions to do nothing but rest, no bending, no…

More than a Meeting: Tucker’s Grove lives on

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  Attendees uphold tradition of faith and friendship in Iron Station   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A stroll through the Iron Station-based Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting brings forth a feeling of warmth, tradition and, most abundantly, faith. For more 140 years, the campground listed on the U.S. National Register of…

County OKs 150-home neighborhood

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer By approving a 64-acre, 150-home housing development, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners elected not to “hold the developer hostage” for things beyond his control. Two weeks ago, the county’s planning board recommended accepting Campground 64 LLC’s request despite traffic concerns voiced by future neighbors. On Monday,…

Library, schools to partner on online access

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A new partnership will enable students at Lincoln County public schools to have unfettered access to the county libraries’ online resources. Library director Jennifer Sackett confirmed the agreement, which has yet to be finalized, on Monday. Sackett said the partnership will allow students to use student…

Eyes on the Pies: 40-year ECA tradition transcends generations

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer There is more to a pie than meets the eye. Like any good southern cooking, a tablespoon of love and a sprinkle of tradition goes a long way. “I don’t weigh them,” Lucille Johnson said. “I have been doing this for 30 years. I know by…

Criminal Charges — 8-17-15

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Criminal charges for August 17, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Carl Lackey, 50, of 2557 Harding Rd. in Connelly Springs was charged Aug. 12 with one count of sex offender – failure to notify change of address. A $50,000 bond was set. Joshua Allen Pullen,…

Rep. Hastings receives civilian award

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North Carolina Adjutant General Gregory Lusk recently presented the Civilian Meritorious Service Medal to Rep. Kelly Hastings, who represents the 100th District, which includes Cleveland County and Gaston County, in the North Carolina House of Representatives. The award is for advocating strategic, statutory changes to the selection criteria for the…