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Sheriff candidate addresses questions about party affiliation

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton Police Department Lt. Jason Munday took to Facebook on Saturday afternoon to defend his status as a Republican candidate for the 2018 election of a new Lincoln County sheriff. Munday, a 20-year law enforcement veteran who has policed Lincolnton for the past 14 years, recently…

Plans for ‘blueway’ gaining local support

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer In conjunction with the city’s recent efforts to revitalize downtown Lincolnton, a working committee has been established to explore a project that would make the South Fork River more accessible to paddlers. The committee, headed by Rhonda Hunter of the Lincoln Economic Development Association, is currently…

New state budget includes additional funding for child advocacy centers

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer At a meeting of executive directors of child advocacy centers across North Carolina held last Tuesday in Raleigh, Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center executive director Sherry Reinhardt learned the that new North Carolina legislative changes increased annual child advocacy center funding from $24,200 to $50,000…

Deputies release photos of suspect in home invasion

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit has released photos of a vehicle and person of interest in a Thursday home invasion in eastern Lincoln County. Detectives said the vehicle is believed to be a gold or tan 1990’s Ford Taurus. The right front hubcap is missing…

Men charged with selling marijuana

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Staff report Investigators with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit have charged two men with selling marijuana. Both arrests came after the conclusion of two separate investigations into marijuana sales in southern and eastern Lincoln County, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. Detectives used undercover and…

DA Mike Miller hires new assistant district attorney

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The District Attorney’s Office of Lincoln County and Cleveland County recently hired a new assistant district attorney to join the Lincoln County team. Lisa Turoso, an Ohio native with extensive prosecutorial experience, was sworn in on Wednesday afternoon by Superior Court Judge Forrest D. Bridges. “Lisa…

Antique machines on display at North Brook Antique Tractor Pull

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Many of them started out on pedal-powered toy tractors or lawnmowers and then graduated to high-powered, full-sized tractors. For the past 30 years, men, women and children have been competing at the North Brook Antique Tractor Pull, which meets once a month from March through…

Commissioners approve sale of Block Smith Gym

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voiced support for two significant projects during their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening. The board voted unanimously for approval of the private sale of Block Smith Gym to STEM Career Path Project, Inc. for $1, following a public hearing…

Deeper Shade of Blue performing at Lincoln Cultural Center

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Donald “Papa” Goodson loved music and, in particular, bluegrass. He also loved the Lincoln Cultural Center and attended just about every event that was held there, according to his granddaughter, Shelby Gilmore. “Any time there was a play or any event at the Cultural Center,…

Deputies: Stanley man admits to child sexual assault

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Staff report A Stanley man has admitted to sexually assaulting a 9-year-old relative. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Gilbert Donald List Jr., 67, of Ballentrae Place, confessed to deputies that he sexually assaulted the girl throughout 2016. On July 2, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding…