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LPD officer caught in taser wires during arrest

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Lincolnton Police Department officer was shocked by another officer’s taser wires while trying to arrest a suspect who was allegedly assaulting him during a domestic disturbance call on Tuesday. Michael Darrin Smith, 49, of 330 Salem Church Road in Lincolnton, was arrested inside his home by Officer…

City manager search narrows, finalists identified

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton has narrowed its search for a new city manager to less than 10 finalists in a field that began with more than 75 applicants. “We decided to go with a written response to pertinent questions to try to narrow the field even…

Tenowo breaks ground on $12.5-million expansion

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Tenowo is expanding its Lincolnton manufacturing facility with a $12.5 million investment. Owned by Germany-based Hoftex Group, the Lincolnton site currently serves North American clients in the automotive, industrial and apparel industries. Lincoln Economic Development Association vice chair Jim Watson, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman…

LTG to hold 24th summer drama camp

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer For 24 years straight, the Lincoln Theatre Guild has offered summer youth drama camp in both Denver and Lincolnton. “This year we are going to make it a better learning experience for all ages,” said camp director Phyllis Gordon. “In doing so, we are grouping the…

Bill would increase school vouchers

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A Lincoln County lawmaker filed a bill Tuesday that would eventually increase, by more than tenfold, the state’s funding of private school vouchers. Senate Bill 862, filed by Republican state Sens. David Curtis (Lincoln, Iredell, Gaston), Chad Barefoot (Franklin, Wake) and Trudy Wade (Guilford) calls for…

Maiden man arrested for habitual assault

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Staff report A Maiden man is facing additional assault charges related to a March 15 fight at a child’s birthday party in Lincolnton. Alamar Teracious Edwards, 24, of 309 Lee Avenue, was charged with felony habitual assault by the Lincolnton Police Department on April 21. Officers said Edwards was initially…

Single-car wreck knocks out power in East Lincoln

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A single-car crash near East Lincoln High School left residents without electricity on Thursday morning around 7:15 a.m. The accident occurred near the intersection of North Little Egypt Road and Highway 73. The automobile was overturned, with a utility pole knocked over and power lines down.…

First Methodist celebrates bicentennial

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Celebrating a birthday all year long is a little more forgivable once you turn 200. For Lincolnton’s First United Methodist Church, which members estimate first held services around 1816, the year has been full of monthly missions with different focuses and a similar goal of helping…

Parking survey issued to Lincolnton businesses

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A special meeting called in late April to discuss downtown Lincolnton parking concerns has led Police Chief Rodney Jordan to create and issue a parking survey to downtown business owners in hopes of garnering feedback from merchants. Led by Jordan, the meeting was attended by merchants…

Deputies: Woman sold meth to detective

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Staff report A Cherryville woman has been charged with selling meth to an undercover Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detective. April Lynn Howell, 27, of Sellerstown Road, was arrested on Monday. Deputies said the investigation took place over several months and that Howell was bringing meth into Lincoln County and selling it…