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Cat Square wreck knocks down power lines, sets field on fire

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A single-car accident on Cat Square Road in Vale resulted in injuries and downed power lines on Tuesday night, which set a field near the accident on fire. The Union Fire Department responded to the wreck at 706 Cat Square Road at around 8 p.m. Traffic…

Lincoln Cultural Center celebrates 25 years

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln Cultural Center opened its doors as a home for the arts in Lincoln County for the first time 25 years ago. The staff has worked tirelessly, planning an elegant “Puttin’ on the Ritz” silver anniversary celebration on Sept. 10 in honor of the milestone.…

Solicitor ordinance won’t go before commissioners

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer An ordinance proposed by Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter to further regulate door-to-door solicitors has been tabled, at least for now. “I understand that there are misconceptions about the idea for the ordinance and what it pertains to,” Carpenter said. “So in the meantime, we are…

Campaign cash varies greatly among county commission candidates

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Campaign contributions from the latest finance reporting cycle vary greatly among the five candidates vying for three seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Republican Rich Permenter has distanced himself from the pack, raising $7,582 in individual donations to put toward his campaign. Permenter ran…

Men arrested in connection with Lincolnton robberies

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Staff report Two men have been arrested in connection with recent robberies at the Colonial Village apartment complex in Lincolnton. Lincolnton Police Department officers said Isaac Julius Gillespie, 33, of 732 East Pine Street in Lincolnton, and David Nixon, Jr., 54, of 406 South Mountain Street in Cherryville, were targeting…

Lincolnton park up for council approval

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council will likely approve a contract for the construction of a downtown park at a meeting on Thursday. Howard Construction submitted a bid to build First Federal Park for $415,198, about $85,000 more than the city’s projected budget. Howard’s original bid was $481,000, the…

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…