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Cat Square Parade coming up

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Visitors from neighboring states and counties will gather on Saturday afternoon for a first-hand look at the charm and tradition of western Lincoln County during the 43rd annual Cat Square Christmas Parade. The Cat Square Christmas Parade has been a Lincoln County fixture since 1973, when…

McCall, Permenter settle into Board of Commissioners seats

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Anita McCall and Rich Permenter took their seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on Monday. Monday’s induction ceremony served as the culmination of years of hard work for the two Republicans who persevered after coming up short during the 2014 primary election. Since Election…

Boy forgoes birthday presents, donates to Hesed House

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  MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Thomas Winebarger didn’t want presents for himself for his most recent birthday. Instead, he asked his family, friends and relatives give him money, which he then donated to Lincoln County’s only homeless shelter, Hesed House of Hope. The idea came about when Winebarger, who…

Jenkins’ time on Board of Education nears end

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer After serving a total of 12 years as a member of the Lincoln County Board of Education, Tony Jenkins will be stepping down at the next regular board meeting on Dec. 13. Mark Mullen, formerly holding one of the board’s at-large seats, ran unopposed for…

Woman charged with stealing diamond ring, guitar

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Staff report A 29-year-old Iron Station woman has been charged with stealing a diamond ring and a Fender guitar from her mother. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Teresa Shipes Hoyle, of Hudson Poultry Road, stole a diamond ring in 2014 and a Fender Stratocaster in 2015. She was arrested…

Beam, Oakes named to county leadership posts

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A changing of the guard occurred during the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday. Newly elected commissioners Anita McCall and Rich Permenter were officially sworn in, replacing long-time commissioner Alex Patton and former chairwoman Cecelia Martin. Bill Beam was chosen to serve as the…

John Leatherman named mayor of Cat Square

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The votes are in and John Leatherman has been elected to serve as the 43rd mayor of Cat Square. “This is a total surprise,” Leatherman said. “I didn’t really expect to be nominated and I wasn’t even aware that I had been nominated until I got…

Carriage rides come back to Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Lincolnton with a little bit of seasonal nostalgia returning. Jimmy Parlier and his father, James, started offering horse-drawn carriage rides Thursday evening. These carriage rides have been a tradition in Lincolnton for more than 10…

Another charter school proposed for Lincoln County

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County may be home to another charter school by 2018. An application for a new charter school was filed by Aaron Hoegle of Denver with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Office of Charter Schools. West Lake Preparatory Academy would be located in…

Lincolnton man charged with gas station robbery

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with robbing a gas station in the city. Jessie Allen Adams, 30, of 851 Carolina Mill Circle, was charged by the Lincolnton Police Department with using a knife to rob the One Stop gas station, located at 401 W. Main Street in…