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Lincolnton PD focuses on recruiting, stabilizing force

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer After a half-dozen officers resigned from the department in the spring, the Lincolnton Police Department had to gear up for a recruiting drive to not only replace the departed staff but find ways to retain its officers. “The biggest thing for us right now, and I…

Lincolnton woman sentenced to federal prison

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court to serve 37 months in prison for stealing $253,000 from her former employer. Angelina Marie Parker, 44, will also serve three years of supervised release and has to pay $158,134 in restitution. Parker was an employee at Piedmont…

10-day hold removed from Animal Services proposal

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer After receiving numerous complaints, including hundreds in the form of an online petition, Lincoln County Animal Services will not move forward with a policy change to euthanize shelter animals following a 10-day hold period. “I have asked (LCAS Director) David (Workman) to pull that off,” Lincoln…

Lincolnton Middle School still working toward new basketball courts

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincolnton Middle School is hoping for the generosity of local donors to help the school raise the money necessary to construct two outdoor basketball courts. The school hosted its first New Year’s Shootout inside its gymnasium this year, a basketball tournament won by the LMS boys…

Lincoln County Democrats cruise into general election

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer While eight local Republicans must prepare quickly for a primary election barely two months away, the two Democrats running for Lincoln County commission seats will have a much more favorable election cycle. Neil Underwood and Elaine Jenkins, both former Lincoln County Schools employees, automatically advanced to…

Local student’s design business finds global success

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When his North Lincoln High School friends were just beginning to peruse the local job market for part-time openings, a then-16-year-old Daniel Yount was being sent tens of thousands of dollars every month by an English gaming company. Four years later, while many of his peers…

Lincolnton science center receives support from council

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A unanimous vote of support for a proposed science center in Lincolnton was extended by the city council during a regular session on Thursday. Edward McFadden of STEM Career Path Project, Inc. addressed the council about the initiative, his background and what the science center could…

Caboose will not be part of First Federal Park

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s city council has decided that the caboose at the railroad depot, which will some day be the site of First Federal Park, will not be included in the project. Since June, the council has discussed the possibility of the caboose in relation to the park.…

Mayor: Lincolnton moving forward after city manager fired

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley has been in office for barely a month and has already cast a tie-breaking vote five times. None were as influential on the city’s future as the one that saw the termination of City Manager Jeff Emory’s contract on Thursday night. “The…

Council fires City Manager Jeff Emory

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton City Manager Jeff Emory was fired by the city council following a closed session on Thursday. Emory will be paid six months’ severance. He was paid approximately $125,000 per year, including bonuses, by the city. He leaves his seat with 19.5 years of tenure and…