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NC redistricting could affect state Sen. David Curtis

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer North Carolina legislators have until the end of the month to redraw the state’s election district lines, after 28 districts were deemed unconstitutional by federal courts due to race-based gerrymandering. The maps that have now been used to elect the North Carolina General Assembly on three…

Rep. Patrick McHenry holds town hall in Lincolnton

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry wrapped up a series of meetings with his western North Carolina constituents by hosting a town hall at the Lincoln County Senior Center on Wednesday evening. McHenry, a Republican who is the chief deputy whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, opened the…

Report: Lincoln County Schools buses among safest in NC

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County Schools (LCS) students who take school buses to and from school will be boarding some of the safest buses in North Carolina this year. After their annual inspection report, the LCS buses received a score of 15. The average score for the western…

Denver veterans bring REBOOT course to Lincoln County

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A soldier often doesn’t leave the trauma of war behind when they’re discharged. That suffering is brought home and is frequently shared by the veteran’s spouse and family. When Danielle Zettl’s husband, Brandon, returned from Afghanistan, he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which affected…

Deputies: Lincolnton man confesses to murder

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has confessed to murdering his roommate with a sawed-off shotgun. Ronald Wayne Vaughn, 25, of 1311 Wildale Lane, shot Gary Lee Somerset, 27, his roommate, during an argument Friday night. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to the home at around 11 p.m. on Friday…

Commissioners approve nearly $1 million in purchases

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve nearly $1 million in purchases during the regular monthly meeting held on Monday evening. The board approved four purchases for Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services at a total cost of approximately $800,000. The purchases, which were…

Poinsette announces candidacy for county commission

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Christine Poinsette, the former chair of the Lincoln County Planning Board, has announced her intent to run for a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners in 2018. Poinsette filed paperwork with the Lincoln County Board of Elections on Tuesday morning that will allow her…

Couple arrested on drug trafficking charges

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Staff report Two people are facing felony drug trafficking charges after a vehicle stop led to seizure of crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs on Aug. 15. Lincolnton Police Department officers said, in a press release issued Monday, that Candice Jean Lewis, 34, and Christopher Wilbert Simmons, 37, were arrested…

Lincoln Charter graduate settles in at Naval Academy

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans enlist in the armed forces, for a variety of reasons. Some are following in the footsteps of a parent or grandparent who fought valiantly in a past war and others are seeking a stable career when college isn’t in…

North Carolina, Lincoln County treated to near-total eclipse

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer West Lincoln Park became the site of an eclipse viewing party on Monday as hundreds of people watched this rare event unfold. The West Lincoln branch of the Lincoln County Public Library passed out 300 pairs of eclipse glasses to those lucky enough to get…