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Book Review – The Down Johns Collection: Stories of Ugly Truths

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Author: Traci Dolan-Priestley Publisher: self-published The Down Johns Collection: Stories of Ugly Truths is a 178-page collection of linked stories based in a fictional town in Appalachia called “Down Johns.” The subject matter is adult in nature, while tackling social ills like poverty, drug abuse, domestic…

Lincolnton man charged with peeping

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with peeping at a woman in a tanning salon. David Anthony Painter, 43, of 1283 Hickory Nut Lane, was arrested on Thursday and charged with felony secret peeping. Lincolnton Police Department officers said a woman filed a report earlier in August that…

New administrators gear up for the school year

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Five Lincoln County elementary schools will welcome new administrators when the school year begins today. Battleground Elementary, Kiser Intermediate and S. Ray Lowder Elementary will operate under new leadership. Battleground, G.E. Massey Elementary and Iron Station Elementary will each welcome a new assistant principal for the…

Families forge traditions at Tucker’s Grove Campground

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer People have been gathering at the Tucker’s Grove Campground to celebrate faith, family and fellowship for more than 140 years. The air is filled with the aroma of family recipes passed down through generations and the tales of ancestors who built the camp into what it…

Mitchem: Fourth term might be last

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer If Carrol Mitchem is elected to his fourth term on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners in November, it may be his last. “I’m not saying that for sure,” he said. “A lot can happen between now and then. I’m thinking it will be my last…

Rep. Jason Saine on Trump: ‘He is ready to govern’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine has thrown his support behind Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Saine attended a Pence rally in Charlotte on Wednesday. “I’ve followed Pence’s career when he was in congress and then as governor…

Lincolnton Police Department cracks down on child predators

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department has made more than 30 arrests since officers began cracking down on child predators in the area a year ago. The majority of these arrests over the past year have come as a result of a sting operation initiated by undercover detectives.…

New grass highlights course improvements at Lincoln Country Club

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The installation of Diamond Zoysia grass on all of the greens at the Lincoln Country Club golf course highlights what has been a two-year transformation of the course’s playing surface. “The feedback that I get from players who have been faithful to this course for decades…

Women charged with selling meth

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Staff report Two Lincolnton women have been charged with selling meth. Tessa Lee Hinson, 24, and Angela Lingerfelt Juarez, 43, both of Gastonia Highway, were arrested on Wednesday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the women were arrested during a surveillance operation conducted at a home in the…

Convicted killer charged with selling crack

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Lincolnton man previously convicted of manslaughter and selling cocaine has been arrested on felony drug charges. Antwan Bartholomew Wyatt was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday and charged with selling crack cocaine. Wyatt is known in the community for his involvement with…

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