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Officer completes prestigious leadership course through state DOJ

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton Police Lieutenant Matt Painter may have come from humble roots, working his family’s cattle farm as a child, but more than 20 years in the criminal justice field has molded him into a well-respected public servant and community leader. The seasoned supervisor recently completed a…

Council approves ordinance changes

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council reunited Thursday night for their first meeting of the new year. Council members began with a public hearing on adding a new Chapter 97 Film Ordinance to the City’s Code of Ordinances. Planning Director Laura Simmons informed council members and the public of…

Wreck sends man to hospital

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A man was rushed to an area hospital late Wednesday morning after his van crashed into a parked vehicle along N.C. 16 in Denver, troopers said. Officers have yet to identify the victim, who was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte with non-life-threatening injuries, officers…

Christian Ministry fund finishes strong

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While funds poured in slowly during the early weeks of 2013’s Christian Ministry Christmas Fund, the organization recently celebrated meeting its year-end goal, officials said. Executive Director Susan Brymer and volunteers with the Lincolnton nonprofit praised area residents, businesses, churches and other organizations for donating. The…

Criminal Charges — 1-10-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Daniel McKellen Harmon, 28, of 1025 Cedar Grove Ch. Rd. in Vale was charged Jan. 3 with one count of harassing phone/obscene call. No bond was set. Craig Manuel Lopez, 35, of 173 18th St. SW in Hickory was charged Jan.…

Partnership for Children releases financial report

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties released its 2013 Fiscal Year Annual Report earlier this week. According to its website, the nonprofit organization works to bring community groups together to serve the needs of children from birth to five years of age. In…

Obituaries — 1-10-14

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  John Tillman Hull HICKORY — John Tillman Hull, of Hickory passed away on January, 7 2014. John was born on the Peeler farm, Belwood, Cleveland County, N.C. on January 10, 1926 to Ralph Clifton and Mary Peeler Hull.  He grew up on the family farm in the Flay Section of…

Around Town — 1-10-14

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  FRIDAY Diabetes class The Gaston County Senior Center in Dallas will host “Living Healthy with Diabetes,” a six-week class, which will run 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. each Friday today through Feb. 14. For more information, call (704) 922-2110 or visit gastongov.com. Concert Carroll Cooke & Determined will perform…

Still learning

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Young Hatchett excels on mat By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Having wrestled for only a few months of his life, simply qualifying for the state individual tournament last year as a freshman wasn’t good enough. To Lincolnton High sophomore Nick Hatchett, winning is everything. Hatchett, in only his second season…

First place up for grabs for EL boys, LCS girls

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Several key area league games tonight By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor A pair of Lincoln County basketball teams have the chance tonight to own sole possession of first place, and keep their perfect seasons intact. East Lincoln’s boys and Lincoln Charter’s girls are both 12-0 and find themselves in a…