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Mini-mart robbers hunted by police

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Authorities are looking for two men who broke into the South Aspen Mini-Mart Tuesday. Around 2:30 a.m., two white males broke a front window and entered the store, said Lt. Brian Greene of the Lincolnton Police Department. Greene says that the suspects, who were captured on surveillance video, are described…

Most Wanted

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Contact intensive surveillance officers Ted Overcash at (704) 732-2229 or David Carpenter at (704) 732-4784 or the Crime Stoppers hotline at (704) 736-8909 if you have information on the following criminal suspects. Keymandy Williamson Wanted for possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, resisting officers, and damage to…

Vocal competition applications open

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Those wanting to compete in the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition, which will be held in March at the Lincoln Cultural Center, still have a few days to send in their applications. Singers ages 18-40 can download applications from www.heafnerwilliamsvocalcompetition.com. The deadline is Saturday. “It’s an excellent experience,” said Carolyn Heafner, who…

Local artist’s opening draws interest

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The work of local artist Don Olsen is proving so popular, organizers of his upcoming art opening are insisting people RSVP by Monday. “He’s a great wood turner,” said Jason Harpe, director of the Lincoln County Historical Association and one of the event’s organizers. “The guy’s work is phenomenal and…

Gatlin gets scholarship at district band clinic

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Instrumentalists from Lincoln County high schools recently participated in the All-District Band clinic and concert, and Beth Gatlin of North Lincoln High School was awarded the prestigious Howren Scholarship. The scholarship will provide Gatlin full tuition to the month-long Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian State University this summer. North Lincoln…

Volunteer paramedic recovering in hospital

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It has been almost two weeks since six local teens found mentor Ken Morrison in cardiac arrest. Morrison has been moved out of the Coronary Care Unit to a regular room at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, Ted Mankowski, operations manager for Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services, said in a…

Downtown gala scheduled for Friday

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On Friday night, community members will have the opportunity to honor some folks who have made contributions to the life of downtown Lincolnton. The Downtown Development Association will present its annual Main Street Gala and Better Downtown Awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center. “They’ve done…

Planning Board approves kennel/hospital on N.C. 16

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The Lincoln County Planning Board approved a request to build a veterinary hospital with a housing kennel on N.C. 16 Monday night. Veterinarian Dr. Lynn Reed made the request because the property is located in an area zoned for “general business,” which does not include kennels. Neighbors raised no objections…

Dispute threatens huge home project

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Developers are threatening to scrap the Carolina Ridge housing project and nearly $100 million in future tax and investment. The reason: a dispute with the county because of sewer and water development capacity fees that doubled in 2007. Approved in May 2006, Carolina Ridge is an upscale retirement community of…

Sheriff restructures patrols around lake

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Residents may not notice the change, but Lincoln County Sheriff`s deputies are patrolling rapidly growing eastern Lincoln County in a different way. Instead of two patrol areas split between north and south, sheriff’s officers this February began responding to calls in four areas: north, central, south and the lake. “The…