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City should tighten budget, not add tax

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  In reference to the newly created “trash tax,” I was taken back a bit by our city manager’s comment regarding fighting for “our” employees. I’m sure he’s a good boss to work for, but perhaps he should be in the private sector, fighting for his employees with private money,…

Criminal Charges 7-1-13

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Jonathan Keith James, 32, of 804 Summey Farm Dr. in Dallas was charged June 26 with one count of communicating threats and two counts of conspiracy. No bond was set. Jessica Ann Brooks, 31, of 804 Summey Farm Dr.…

A honeymoon shortcut

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  PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist   As told by Kyra Hoffman John and I were married on Saturday, August 7, 1999. I was 18 and he was 19. We scheduled our wedding for 11 a.m. because it would take us most of the afternoon to reach our honeymoon destination. Because…

Obituaries 7-1-13

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  Corey Alan Williams Corey Alan Williams of 3911 Frontier Lane, Apt. 5 in Lincolnton died Friday, June 28, 2013. Corey was born September 29, 1987 in Mecklenburg County. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. The family…

Two people, one horse dead following separate Lincoln County wrecks

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     One woman lost her life in a county wreck Sunday, two days after a man’s vehicle collided with a horse, according to troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The horse died at the scene Friday morning, troopers said, while the man later died…

Duhon, Martinez Engagement

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Barbara and Larry Duhon of Lincolnton announce the engagement of their daughter, Alyssa Kay Duhon of Lincolnton to Joseph Corey Martinez of Crouse. Alyssa is a 2009 graduate of North Lincoln High School; 2012 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with English and Psychology degrees. She is attending Duke University for…

Deputies find 30 one-pot meth labs

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LCSO nabs multiple drug suspects in two days of action JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Narcotics investigators were busy this week taking down alleged drug dealers who they said were harboring marijuana, methamphetamine labs and the methamphetamine precursors. The arrests stemmed from three separate incidents, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators…

Three juveniles admit to setting massive mill fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police said three juveniles admitted to accidentally setting an abandoned Lincolnton mill on fire earlier this month. The individuals were initially fearful of talking to detectives about what had happened, an agency press release said. The juveniles, two of whom live in Catawba County and a…

New ‘Tag and Tax’ program delayed

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Implementation of the state’s new “Tag and Tax” program, previously scheduled to roll out Monday, has been delayed until Sept. 1. The new system, which allows people to purchase vehicle tags while paying tax at the same time, was initially supposed to begin with registered-vehicle renewals…

Relatives fight to recover child from DSS

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Relatives of one local three-year-old girl are fighting to regain custody of her after they said officials with Catawba County Department of Social Services wrongfully removed the child from their home earlier this month. DSS placed Jocelyn “Josie” Jackson in foster care just one day after…