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Lincoln County Animal Services on a ‘no-kill’ mission

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A strategic plan that was adopted to help the Lincoln County Animal Shelter reach “no-kill” designation has spurred significant operational changes within the county’s animal services department. To become the first open-admission, government-run “no-kill” shelter in the state of North Carolina, Lincoln County must achieve a…

Rep. Saine talks NC House budget proposal

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer North Carolina House budget subcommittees discussed sections of the proposed spending plan on Thursday. The full document, complete with specific numbers regarding teacher salaries and tax policy, will likely be unveiled on Tuesday. The House and Senate have settled on a $22.9 billion spending plan, although…

Lincoln Charter School holds graduation ceremonies

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County graduation season began on Friday with graduation ceremonies for Lincoln Charter School’s (LCS) Denver campus on Friday and the Lincolnton campus on Saturday. A total of 146 seniors graduated, with the bulk of the graduates coming from the Denver campus. Cory Martin gave…

City budget hearing scheduled for Thursday evening

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton residents will be given an opportunity to comment on the proposed city budget for Fiscal Year 2018 during a public hearing scheduled for Thursday evening. The budget, crafted by City Manager Steve Zickefoose with feedback from the Lincolnton City Council and various department heads, currently…

Criminal Charges 5-29-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Christopher Chad Locklear Poplin, 25, of 7811 Stter Trace Ln. in Charlotte was charged May 24 with one count each of carrying concealed weapons, maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture a schedule VI controlled…

Lincoln County Memorial Day events set for this weekend

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer While Memorial Day is often thought of as the harbinger of the summer season, the first visit to the beach and starting up the barbecue, the true meaning of the holiday is often overlooked. Memorial Day is intended as a day to honor those who…

Steering committee launches economic plan for downtown Lincolnton

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A number of downtown merchants gathered inside the Lincoln Cultural Center on Wednesday morning to discuss a strategic economic plan for the continued growth of Lincolnton’s central business district. The plan, which is being developed by the City of Lincolnton Steering Committee, is in its infancy.…

Girl’s birthday wish: Help for local animals

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Alexis Keeter has been an animal lover her entire life. She got her first kitten, Mimi, who was adopted from Lincoln County Animal Services, when Keeter was just 2 years old. For her seventh birthday, Keeter asked for a pool party and, in lieu of…

Bluegrass group set to play Lowesville Gospel Concerts series

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Virginia-based Churchmen Bluegrass Band will be returning to Lowesville Gospel Concerts in Lowesville for the second time on Saturday at 6 p.m. “This will be their second appearance with us and we are looking forward to them being with us,” concert organizer Carroll Cooke…

Officers: Oaklawn drug ring busted

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Staff report Lincolnton Police Department detectives said they’ve charged nine people in connection with drug sales in the Oaklawn neighborhood of Lincolnton. Officers said Paul Richard Walton Jr., 36, of 1014 E. Catawba Street, was selling drugs out of his home. Detectives said the investigation was prompted by citizen complaints.…