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Local legislators support repeal of Charlotte LGBT ordinance

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer General Assembly legislators were successful Wednesday in overturning a Charlotte nondiscrimination ordinance that had aimed to provide protections to the transgender community. House Bill 2, which passed overwhelmingly in both chambers, limits access to single-sex multiple occupancy bathrooms based on a biological sex determined by a…

Men on long-distance walking trip make local stop

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Logan Miller and Nick Rutecki came to Lincolnton on Sunday with little more than the packs on their backs and the boat oars that protruded out of them. Fausto’s Coffee was just the latest stop for the Alaska natives, who are taking an unplanned walking trip…

Pumpkin Center Primary hosts wax museum

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Kellie Pickler, Michael Jordan and Billy Graham were all present at Pumpkin Center Primary School last week in the form of fourth-grade students dressed to the part. For the school’s annual wax museum, children each picked a famous North Carolinian to emulate. They completed research papers,…

Trout Unlimited program lets students raise trout in classroom

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For Douglas Clark’s fifth grade class, going on a field trip means letting something go. The Kiser Intermediate students will spend April 11 at South Mountain State Park in Connelly Springs. There, they will release into the wild nine trout they’ve spent most of the school…

City officials call planning retreat ‘productive’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton planning and budget retreat ran for the better part of the day on Friday and, according to interim City Manager Steve Zickefoose, accomplished what city officials had hoped that it would. “It was, ultimately, productive,” Zickefoose said. “I wanted to provide an…

Deputies: Man tried to pass counterfeit $100 bills

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been charged with passing counterfeit $100 bills in Lincoln County. Dannie Ray Pope, 40, is accused of purchasing two $500 gift cards with 10 counterfeit $100 bills at the Rite-Aid pharmacy on Highway 16 in eastern Lincoln County. Deputies responded to a call about…

Lincolnton looks to identify top city manager applicants

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer With one of the most influential positions in the city vacant for two months, officials have begun the process of identifying the top candidates for the position of city manager. A special meeting and closed session on Tuesday served as a springboard for narrowing the field.…

City to discuss motor vehicle license tax

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton could soon adopt a motor vehicle license tax on all vehicles registered within the city limits. The tax could generate as much as $240,000 for the city. As of July 1, all North Carolina municipalities will have the authority to levy a…

Deputies: Claremont man stabbed Lincolnton man

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Staff report A Claremont man has been charged with stabbing a Lincolnton man, sending him to the hospital in serious condition. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Donny Wayne Wilson Jr. and Phillip Zachary Sisk got into a fight at a home in the 4800 block of Gideon Drive in…

Commissioners criticize LTN story about animal shelter concerns

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Three Lincoln County commissioners publicly criticized a Lincoln Times-News report highlighting animal shelter concerns lodged by volunteers and former employees during the commission’s regular bi-monthly meeting on Monday night. Purchasing Agent John Henry announced that Maiden Small Animal Hospital’s Dr. Kim Mitchell won her bid to…