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Commissioners meet for budget retreat

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County officials will spend the entirety of Friday morning and afternoon inside the commissioners room on the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center conducting the third of four annual budget work sessions prior to adoption of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget in…

Around Town— 3-31-17

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FRIDAY BBQ Fundraiser Macedonia Baptist Church, located at 5286 E. Hwy. 150 in Lincolnton will host a children’s ministry BBQ fundraiser from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Cost is $8. Consignment Sale Messiah United Methodist Church, located at 4102 W. Hwy. 27 in Lincolnton…

Criminal Charges— 3-31-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Gary Francis Stroman, 26, of 509 W Elm Ave. in Mt. Holly was charged Mar. 27 with one count of failure to appear. Alomar Teracious Edwards, 25, of 309 Lee Ave. in Lincolnton was charged Mar. 27 with two counts of…

Newton Middle School teacher, 7 others busted in child predator sting

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Deparment announced Wednesday that officers have charged eight men, including two from Lincoln County and a Newton-Conover Middle School teacher, in an online child predator sting operation. Blane Fitzgerald Gregory, 51, of 101 Watson Drive in Spruce Pine, was a Newton-Conover Middle School teacher when…

Pair charged with assault with a deadly weapon

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Staff report A Crouse woman has been accused of beating a man with a blunt object. Lincolnton Police Department officers said Macy Jordan Walker, 23, of 973 George Brown Road, who is still at-large, assaulted the male victim, “with possibly a tire tool or baseball bat,” on Thursday. Austin Shane…

Commercial painters find inspiration outside of work

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer John Mackenzie “Kenzie” Baxter and his father, Ken Baxter, are commercial painters by trade. Ken Baxter founded Turner, Baxter Inc., a commercial, industrial and institutional painting and floor coating business. He retired six years ago and Kenzie Baxter has taken over the business. Baxter is…

Lincoln Charter expansion in beginning stages

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln Charter’s school board held its regular monthly meeting at the Lincolnton campus Monday evening. At the last board meeting held on Feb. 27, the board discussed authorizing construction of an addition to the Denver Campus. This addition will add approximately 15,000 square feet on…

Changes proposed for Rivercross development

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A proposal to revise a portion of the master plan for the mixed-use Rivercross development in Denver will be subject to a zoning hearing in front of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and the planning board on Monday. Rivercross, a retail and residential development on…

Four arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report Four men are facing numerous felony drug charges following the conclusion of several Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office undercover investigations. Deputies said the investigations, which targeted methamphetamine and heroin sales in the southern and eastern parts of Lincolnton, ended Monday with 22 felony charges filed. Deputies said three of…

Deputies ask for help to find missing teen

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing teen. A missing person report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office on Monday for Shane Michael Szathmary, 15, of Church Hill Lane in Maiden. Deputies said family members last communicated with Szathmary at…