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Maiden photographer’s work on display at Lincoln Cultural Center

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Arts Council of Lincoln County will feature the work of Joe Permelia throughout the month of August. The Joe Permelia Landscape and Moonlight photography exhibit features images that have been captured along the east coast of the United States and in remote Canadian villages. “He…

Retired Clerk of Court employee honored by governor

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Pamela Richards dedicated nearly 30 years of her life to the Clerk of Court office in Lincoln County and has now been given the state’s highest civilian honor. “We’ve worked together for 14 years and she’s just the best,” Lincoln County Clerk of Superior Court Fred…

Lincoln County Schools teacher busted in child sex sting

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Staff report A Lincoln County Schools fifth grade teacher has been arrested in a child predator sting. Ricky Kelvin Carpenter, Jr., 41, of 3230 Brady Hoffman Road in Lincolnton, who is listed as a teacher at Pumpkin Center Intermediate School on the Lincoln County Schools website, was arrested on Wednesday…

Sheriff’s Office finds success with K-9 unit

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The narcotics division of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has found success while utilizing the services of a trained dog for drug investigations. Anya, a playful Belgian Malinois is the product of Mark Connolly at K-9 Command of Lincolnton. Connolly trained the dog to sniff out…

Twelve contestants compete for Apple Queen title

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Twelve of Lincoln County’s finest young ladies will grace the stage at the James W. Warren Citizens Center for the 38th annual Apple Queen Pageant on Saturday evening. Every school in the county will be represented, including Lincoln Charter School, for the first time in pageant…

National Night Out kicks off Tuesday

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The 33rd annual “National Night Out” program kicks off Tuesday as part of a unified front against crime in neighborhoods across the country. Elected officials, district attorneys and law enforcement will make their way around to each block party set up throughout Lincolnton to meet and…

Lincoln County Animal Services director fired

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Taylor Sumansky has been fired from her role as director of Lincoln County Animal Services, less than three months since she began working for the county. “As you are aware, we have met on several occasions and had several phone calls concerning expectations of your job…

Family reunited with 120-year-old Bible

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Lincolnton man has been reunited with his long-lost family Bible through the efforts of a woman who lives 225 miles away in Maryville, Tennessee. Bob Cantwell, a man of deep faith, admitted that he never thought he’d again see the Bible that has been in…

Zoning hearings highlight Lincoln County commissioners agenda

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When Lincoln County commissioners meet on Monday evening, seven zoning public hearings will highlight the agenda. Included in the hearings will be a request by Westport Construction Partners to amend a conditional use planned development district to alter the layout of an area approved for 74…

Former SouthLake headmaster charged with stealing $9 million

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The former headmaster of a Huntersville school will plead guilty in federal court for embezzling $9 million from the SouthLake Christian Academy and its affiliated church, SouthLake Presbyterian. According to filed court documents, from around January 2000 to approximately August 2014, Wayne Parker, 59, of Mooresville,…