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More counterfeit money turns up in Lincoln County

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is warning local businesses to be cautious about taking $100 bills for purchases after a rash of counterfeit money has been discovered in the county. Deputies said many of the counterfeit bills are marked from the year 2006 and have fooled counterfeit-checking pens…

Cherryville teen charged with trafficking morphine

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Staff report An 18-year-old Cherryville man has been charged with trafficking morphine. Lincolnton Police Department officers arrested Bobby Thomas Bogier III, of 504 Styers Street, on Tuesday after a one-month investigation with the Cherryville Police Department into allegations that Bogier was selling drugs in Cherryville and Lincolnton. Bogier was charged…

Officers use taser on man who resisted arrest

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Staff report A Lincolnton man was shot with a taser by Lincolnton Police Department officers on Tuesday. Richard Lee Howes, 46, of 411 Rhyne Street, is accused of assaulting his wife and then refusing to comply with officers who were attempting to arrest him. Howes tried to hit officers with…

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.…