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Foothills Interfaith Assembly brings religions together

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Almost a year after harsh comments caused them to form, a local interfaith group continues to hold session. The Foothills Interfaith Assembly came into existence with some simple guidelines. There would be no cursing, belittling others, proselytizing or promoting violence, and the group’s goal was to…

Former Bad Company singer to headline Hog Happenin’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The 16th annual Hog Happenin’ event in downtown Lincolnton will be rocking, as Lincolnton’s Downtown Development Association has announced the appearance of former Bad Company frontman Brian Howe and his band as the headlining entertainment for the event. Howe currently tours under the name “Bad Company…

Hickory Grove man proposes UDO changes

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A Hickory Grove resident will present Lincoln County commissioners with a series of unified development ordinance amendments next month, presumably in an effort to make it tougher for noisy racetracks to be approved near his neighborhood. Clint Hennessee, one of the more vocal voices in his…

Shuford hopes judicial experience pays off in November

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Cases quickly paraded through a second-floor Lincoln County courtroom on Thursday, giving Judge Meredith Shuford a rare short day. About 50 cases in total were heard, and the entire criminal docket was completed sometime before lunch. Violations included possession of drugs, driving while impaired and breaking…

First Federal CEO Wayne Hoyle honored by North Carolina Main Street

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County resident and First Federal Savings Bank CEO and president Wayne Hoyle was honored by North Carolina Main Street in Goldsboro on March 18 for his commitment to downtown improvements in Lincolnton. Hoyle was one of 37 people recognized at the meeting. “It’s really quite…

Cougar Run Winery confirmed for Lincolnton Food and WineFest

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Concord’s Cougar Run Winery is one of about a dozen wineries and breweries signed on to participate in the Lincolnton Food and WineFest in April. The name was born from a chance meeting with a large cat while owners Tom and Deborah Filkins were building a…

LCSO K9 helps deputies make felony cocaine arrest

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with felony possession of cocaine after a search of his home. Marcus Stevenson Horne, 42, of 1447 Rhodes Rhyne Road, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with felony possession of cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and one misdemeanor…

More counterfeit money turns up in Lincoln County

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is warning local businesses to be cautious about taking $100 bills for purchases after a rash of counterfeit money has been discovered in the county. Deputies said many of the counterfeit bills are marked from the year 2006 and have fooled counterfeit-checking pens…

Cherryville teen charged with trafficking morphine

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Staff report An 18-year-old Cherryville man has been charged with trafficking morphine. Lincolnton Police Department officers arrested Bobby Thomas Bogier III, of 504 Styers Street, on Tuesday after a one-month investigation with the Cherryville Police Department into allegations that Bogier was selling drugs in Cherryville and Lincolnton. Bogier was charged…

Officers use taser on man who resisted arrest

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Staff report A Lincolnton man was shot with a taser by Lincolnton Police Department officers on Tuesday. Richard Lee Howes, 46, of 411 Rhyne Street, is accused of assaulting his wife and then refusing to comply with officers who were attempting to arrest him. Howes tried to hit officers with…