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DDA to determine future of face jugs

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Recent acts of vandalism have forced the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton into holding discussions regarding the future of the face jugs that line Main Street. “Pots on Parade” is a public art and tourism initiative organized and run by the Downtown Development Association and a…

Vale author releases her first published novel

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Local author Lisa Wright has always wished to share the depths of her imagination with the rest of the world. A lifetime obsession of deciphering clues to solve whodunit investigations has culminated with the nationwide release of her first published murder-mystery novel, “Past Secrets.” “I was…

North Carolina celebrates 50th anniversary of district courts

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The District Court system of the North Carolina Judicial Branch is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016. The Bell Commission introduced the North Carolina District Court in 1966 and the system has now grown to hear more than 2 million cases each year. “These are important…

Lincolnton to add consultant/inspector position

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton officials will hire a part-time consultant/building inspector in response to requests from the public. According to City Manager Steve Zickefoose, the position will fill a void that many citizens have brought to the attention of the City Council. “This position will be able to offer…

Family atmosphere drives 45 years of Hecht Realty

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Since 1971, Hecht Realty of Denver/Lake Norman has found success and growth through a philosophy that owner Bob Hecht has cultivated within the heart of his business. “I don’t need to sit at the head of the table during a meeting,” Hecht said. “Every single person…

Police chase ends with shootout in Catawba Co.

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A suspect in a double shooting was shot several times on Wednesday when Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers said that they feared for their safety after a 40-mile car chase. Rodolfo Joel Ulloa-Paz, 29, was the passenger in a stolen truck who was shot by officers. Erik Lopez, 19,…

Helping Hands receives $1 million for new facility

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Helping Hands Health Center will soon undergo expansion, improving its facilities, staff and services to further accommodate the citizens of Lincoln County. The clinic, a satellite of Gaston Family Health Services, has been awarded the maximum amount of $1 million in federal funding to be put…

Community gathers to raise money for burn victim

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The people of Lowesville have rallied around one of their own this summer. A fundraiser will be held Friday and a concert Saturday in support of burn victim Bailey Johnson. “I can’t believe that the community has come together like they have. It leaves me speechless,”…

Duke Energy Foundation awards $50,000 grant to LCS

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Schools system was awarded a $50,000 grant through the Duke Energy Foundation at Tuesday evening’s board of education meeting. A collaborative effort was made between Pam Glass, Diana Carpenter, Tony Worley, Melissa Dellinger and Rhonda Hager to obtain the “Classroom to Workplace: Science…

Mysterious liquid causes hazmat scare

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A jar of liquid that was abandoned at the Howard’s Creek Fire Department brought a hazmat team to Lincoln County on Friday. The liquid was determined to be a non-explosive acid, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 11 a.m. on Friday morning, an…