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Sheriff’s Office investigating home invasion robbery

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives are investigating a home invasion and robbery that occurred on Wednesday at a residence north of Lincolnton. Around 10:15 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the home invasion at a residence in the 3400 block of Gladden Drive. When officers arrived on…

State investigating Stasney car dealership

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A longtime car dealer is currently the subject of a state-level investigation, a North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles official confirmed Tuesday. DMV Inspector J.T. Ratliff acknowledged that his agency’s inquiry into Buddy Stasney is ongoing, but couldn’t say how many people were affected or when…

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest to speak at Lincoln County GOP dinner

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Staff report Lincoln County Republican Party chairman Jon Propst has announced that Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest will be the keynote speaker for the party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, to be held March 12 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, located at 4051 King Wilkinson Road in Lincolnton. The doors will open at…

Lincoln County Board of Education won’t fill Hatley’s seat

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Education announced Tuesday that he doesn’t intend on appointing anyone to fill Ed Hatley’s vacant seat prior to November’s general election. Hatley resigned his seat in December after being elected as Lincolnton’s mayor the month before. At the…

Deputies: Scam leads to theft of safe

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a possible scam that led to the theft of a safe from a residence in the 2600 block of North Highway 16 in eastern Lincoln County on Jan. 7. The victims told detectives that a white female came to the door…

North Brook FD supports firefighter

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The North Brook Volunteer Fire Department has organized a “Boston Butt Dinner Fundraiser” to help offset some medical expenses for Joe Grantt, a firefighter with the department, which will assist him until he is able to return to work after surgery. He is expected to be…

Council to vote on firing city manager again

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s city council will vote on Thursday, for a second time, to terminate former City Manager Jeff Emory’s contract. After Mayor Ed Hatley split a tie vote during Thursday’s regular session in favor of firing Emory, it was determined that a second public meeting should be…

Messianic Jewish synagogue partners with Stanley church

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Hoping to foster better understanding of its religion in a community without a single Jewish house of worship, the Beit Shofarot Messianic Jewish Synagogue will host monthly Bible studies at Stanley’s Rock Hill United Methodist Church beginning in February. Beit Shofarot, House of Shofars in Hebrew,…

Lincolnton PD focuses on recruiting, stabilizing force

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer After a half-dozen officers resigned from the department in the spring, the Lincolnton Police Department had to gear up for a recruiting drive to not only replace the departed staff but find ways to retain its officers. “The biggest thing for us right now, and I…

Lincolnton woman sentenced to federal prison

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court to serve 37 months in prison for stealing $253,000 from her former employer. Angelina Marie Parker, 44, will also serve three years of supervised release and has to pay $158,134 in restitution. Parker was an employee at Piedmont…