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Overcrowding forces animals outside shelter

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For Lincoln County Animal Services, a recent surge in overcrowding, particularly with cats, has forced some animals outside, with the implementation of mobile cages. “We had one day where we took in 35 cats,” manager David Workman said. “Our intake volume has risen in recent weeks…

Deputies: Man had sex with 13-year-old girl

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Lincoln County, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Mark Emmanuel Olivos-Martinez, 26, of the 4600 block of Langden Gate Drive, was arrested on Lincoln County charges of one felony count each of statutory rape and taking…

State grant would help repair homes for elderly

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Four elderly Lincoln County residents stand to benefit from a Community Development Block Grant this summer, but that’s only if bidders decide it’s worth their time to help. Companies wishing to do construction on four homes have until 2 p.m. on Tuesday to submit sealed bids…

Nonprofits get pinched in Senate budget

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Among the fundamental differences between the North Carolina House’s budget plan, passed in March, and the Senate’s plan passed earlier in June, is a tax plan that could threaten the state’s nonprofit industry. Rep. Jason Saine, the House finance chairman and a Republican who serves Lincoln…

Prayers for unity, offers of forgiveness

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Victims of Charleston shooting memorialized at vigil ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Like the rest of the 30 or so who gathered at Providence Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, Debra Williams knew none of the nine victims fatally shot following a Bible study at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church two…

Mail carrier dies when tree falls on vehicle

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Staff report A United States Postal Service worker died on Saturday in Denver when a large tree fell on her vehicle. Lisa Rudisill Wilkerson, 43, of Sherrill’s Ford Road in Sherrill’s Ford, was delivering mail to a home on Norman Court owned by U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry at around 4:45…

Gala, scholarship fund to celebrate Underwood legacy

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Former ELHS student leads charge to recognize couple PHIL PERRY Staff Writer After retiring together at the end of the school year, Neil and Joanna Underwood completed over 60 combined years of teaching — most of which was spent in Lincoln County schools. According to one former student, their dedication…

Senate budget would cut teacher assistants

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer If the North Carolina Senate’s budget plan comes to fruition, more teachers throughout the state will be employed at higher salaries, but thousands of teaching assistants will be forced to look for jobs elsewhere. According to The News & Observer, the Senate plan would add 2,000…

Inspired by family, Denver business owner finds niche

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Brian Wittkamp has been involved in racing most of his life. A native of Meriden, Connecticut, Wittkamp developed a passion for cars at an early age. “My father modified cars, did restorations and built drag cars when I was growing up,” Wittkamp said. “He would never…

Carolina Nonwovens moving to Maiden

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the second time in three months, a Lincolnton textile company has announced it will shut its door on operations in Lincoln County. But unlike Mohican Mills, which shut down permanently, none of the 27 employees at Carolina Nonwovens will be forced to find new work.…