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‘A’ is for Alma: LHS senior credits brave parents for her success

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Student whose parents fled Bosnian War accepted to Princeton   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton High School senior Alma Huselja’s mother was pregnant with her, the members of the family became refugees, fleeing the horrors of the Bosnian War and reaching Lincolnton via Germany and California. That journey has…

Boxer follows father’s footsteps

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Every time he reads his name, he is reminded of his father. Just reading Semaj Young’s name backwards leads to his origin, so it should be of little surprise that James Young’s son took up the sport his father went the semi-pro route of perfecting. With…

County to unveil latest budget today

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer After three workshops and months of preparation, Lincoln County’s budget will officially be presented to county commissioners at tonight’s 6:30 p.m. meeting in the James W. Warren Citizens Center. When County Manager Kelly Atkins officially presents it, the budget is expected to contain both a tax…

Obituaries — 5-18-15

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Obituaries for May 18, 2015: Joey Dean Bradshaw Mr. Joey Dean Bradshaw, 59, of Vale, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Joey was born on December 21, 1955 in Catawba County to Dolly Brittain Bradshaw and the late Sidney Bradshaw. He faithfully attended Mt. View Baptist Church #1 and…

Trio charged with shoplifting at Denver Wal-Mart

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Staff report Three Gaston County residents were arrested on Thursday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and charged with shoplifting at the Denver Wal-Mart. Store officials detained a female suspect and told deputies that two male suspects were in or near a vehicle in the parking lot. Deputies said they…

Criminal Charges — 5-18-15

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Criminal charges for May 18, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Raymond Lee Freeman, 50, of 175 Forest Rd. in Lincolnton was charged May 12 with one count of possession of marijuana up to ½ oz. and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Benjamin Paul…

A Lincoln County Muslim’s response to Carrol Mitchem

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DUSTON BARTO Guest Columnist I have lived in Lincoln County for most of my 40 years. I went to Lincolnton Junior High before it was converted to a campus of Gaston College, and I graduated from Lincolnton High School. I was even born in Gordon Crowell Memorial Hospital just a…

Reader’s Forum: Mitchem — 5-18-15

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Response to Mitchem’s comments Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem’s recent statements concerning prayer shows both ignorance and a lack of respect for others. I am appalled as a citizen of Lincoln County. Mitchem should immediately resign from his position. He has misrepresented our citizens and embarrassed our county by…

Classic cars roar into Lincolnton

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For Jerry Fletcher, Sunday offers an opportunity to proudly show off his love of classic vehicles. For Lincoln County residents, the day provides a chance to see the automobile of yesteryear. Beginning at 1 p.m., cars from 1979 and older will cruise from the Court Square…

Four area teens charged in Lincolnton break-ins

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department has accused four teens of breaking into a home on East Catawba Street. Michael Ray Robinson, 18, and Sanitra Kay Robinson, 17, both of 1100 Lincoln Street in Lincolnton, Zakari Scott Turner, 17, of 1281 Pete’s Road in Lincolnton, and a 16-year-old male have…