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School board, commissioners talk school expansion

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners convened with school board members on Tuesday, discussing accomplishments, budget figures, projected growth and the prospects of a new elementary school. According to figures presented by county Planning and Inspections Director Andrew Bryant, the schools will face real space difficulties in the eastern…

Lincolnton couple charged with trafficking meth

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Lincolnton couple with trafficking methamphetamine. Earl Gary Brooks, aka “Gabby,” 60, and Megan Elizabeth Campos, 34, of 2331 Southside Road, were arrested in the early morning hours on Thursday after deputies received information that the two were at a home on Elizabeth…

City Council comes together on ‘profile’ for city manager

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council met on Wednesday to discuss the qualities that officials are seeking in a new city manager. “I’m very pleased with the progress we are making,” Ward 4 Councilman Roby Jetton said. “I truly believe that we collectively have our citizens’ desires at the…

Two men facing additional drug charges

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit has charged two men, who had previously been arrested for trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine, with additional drug charges. Both men were previously arrested during separate surveillance operations where they were charged with allegedly trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine. According to detectives, the…

Around Town — 1-27-16

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Around town for January 27, 2016. THURSDAY Meeting Lake Norman Covekeepers will meet at 7 p.m. at the East Lincoln fire department, located at 406 S. Pilot Knob Rd. in Stanley. For more information call (704) 489-6249. Alzheimer’s meeting Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center, located at 1410 E. Gaston St. in Lincolnton…

Cecelia Martin wants one more term as commissioner

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Cecelia Martin believes her record serves as the biggest asset in her pursuit of another term on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. A series of injuries and an increased time crunch has kept the 68-year-old Crouse native from going door to door and canvassing voters…

Lincolnton Fire Department looks to future while embracing history

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer For more than 100 years, the Lincolnton Fire Department has been serving the city and, within the current staff, the three longest-tenured staff members have a collective 85 years of service invested. Volunteer/Captain Brent Turner has served 34 years, Engineer Dave Ford has logged 26 and…

Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park proposal withdrawn

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Months of meetings, debate and a planning board recommendation have essentially been wiped from the record after Lincoln County commissioners voted to withdraw Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park’s application on Monday. That decision came after Planning and Inspections Director Andrew Bryant presented a letter from NFP Holdings,…

Jeff Gregory to challenge McHenry from the right in primary

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Discussing his progress Thursday, Kings Mountain native and Shelby resident Jeff Gregory called attention to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign slogan. The retired postmaster and Air Force veteran hopes to “Make America Great Again” by knocking off longtime incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry in a 10th Congressional District…

Carney, Curtis trade barbs in state senate primary race

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer If the North Carolina District 44 senate race began in a heated frenzy, it appears to have boiled over thanks to the content of campaign mailers recently distributed to Iredell County residents. Incumbent Sen. David Curtis, a Denver Republican, sent out the flyers to voters in…