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Boger City Fire Department welcomes two new firefighters

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Boger City Fire Department welcomed two new firefighters to its roster of full-time employees on Thursday with a badge pinning ceremony. Logan Sauceda and Colt Henderson were the finalists of 17 applicants that successfully navigated a written exam, a physical abilities test and a pair…

Two people arrested on meth charges

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people on felony methamphetamine charges in separate undercover operations. Deputies said both suspects, who were arrested on Tuesday, have been selling meth for several months and bought or sold the drug from various locations in Lincoln County. Jason Lewis Elliott,…

Men arrested in child predator sting

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Staff report Two men were arrested in a sting operation on Friday and charged with trying to meet a minor for sex in Lincolnton. Lincolnton Police Department officers said Carl Randolph Luther, 65, of 1079 Keswick Lane in Clemmons, and David Eugene Chapman, 55, of 1612 West Highway 70-A in…

Charlotte man tries to pass forged prescription

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been charged with trying to pass a forged prescription at a Lincolnton pharmacy. Lincolnton Police Department officers arrested Glenn Lee Orr, 43, of 2636 Clydesdale Terrace, on Saturday and charged him with felony attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or forgery. Officers said…

Lincoln County Schools teacher busted in child sex sting

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Staff report A Lincoln County Schools fifth grade teacher has been arrested in a child predator sting. Ricky Kelvin Carpenter, Jr., 41, of 3230 Brady Hoffman Road in Lincolnton, who is listed as a teacher at Pumpkin Center Intermediate School on the Lincoln County Schools website, was arrested on Wednesday…

Zoning hearings highlight Lincoln County commissioners agenda

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When Lincoln County commissioners meet on Monday evening, seven zoning public hearings will highlight the agenda. Included in the hearings will be a request by Westport Construction Partners to amend a conditional use planned development district to alter the layout of an area approved for 74…

‘Venue on Main’ provides new location for downtown events

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A new banquet room has opened in downtown Lincolnton. Venue on Main, located in the historic Anderson Building downtown, is the collaborative idea of two local business owners, who operate their separate ventures in the same building. Tosha and Chris Smith, owners of The Salty Petal,…

Lincoln County Animal Services making progress through perseverance

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The most recent statistics released by Lincoln County Animal Services paint a picture of perseverance and progress. The Lincoln County Animal Shelter has posted a 78 percent live-release rate since May 16, when Taylor Sumansky took the reigns as director of animal services. “We’ve been making…

Asbury Academy summer reading camp underway

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Asbury Academy is holding its first summer reading camp on the school’s campus this week. The goal is to invite students back for five days of fun, educational activities to combat any regression that may occur throughout a lengthy summer vacation. “Educational research tells you that…

Deputies ask for help to find runaway girl

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 17-year-old foster child. Detectives said the Lincoln County Department of Social Services reported the teen missing on July 22, after going to pick her up and being unable to find her. The girl…