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Early voting for March primary nears

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Judging from the one absentee ballot his office has received and the sparse number of calls his staff has fielded, Brad Putnam is forecasting a lower-than-usual voter turnout this primary season. Registration for the March 15 election concludes on Feb. 19, and early voting opens in…

Roundtable discussion addresses African-American life in county

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer As a part of the Lincoln County Historical Association’s program theme “Honoring the past, securing the future” members of the eastern Lincoln County community came together at Denver’s Unity Presbyterian Church for a community roundtable discussion on Feb. 8 about African-American life in Lincoln County. The…

Lincolnton Food and WineFest to offer variety, family fun

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A dedicated group of volunteers has collectively made what was once an idea to improve upon previous attempts at a local wine festival a reality. The addition of food, children’s attractions and street performers to the original concept of art and wine makes the Lincolnton Food…

Boger City Fire Department sets sights on goals for 2016

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Boger City Volunteer Fire Department experienced change in 2015 and is focused on department goals for the year ahead. Retired Lincolnton Fire Department Chief Mitch Burgin became the fire chief in April. Fire Chief Mike Hill, who was described as a “quiet leader” by the…

Quick response from neighbors, firefighters saves Lincolnton couple

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Quick action from concerned neighbors and the response of three area fire departments helped lead two adults to safety after an electrical fire left their home smoldering while they slept on Feb. 2. Concerned neighbors saw smoke coming from the home of Carl and Barbara Kiser,…

Lincoln County Animal Services community meetings conclude

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Animal Services concluded its series of community involvement meetings on Monday night with a presentation at West Lincoln High School. The sessions were aimed at addressing hurdles the county still faces as it tries to meet the 90-percent live-release rate necessary to becoming a…

Former Lincolnton Fire Department official indicted for embezzlement

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Former Lincolnton Fire Department assistant chief Bill Fortenberry was indicted today by the State Bureau of Investigation on embezzlement charges. Fortenbery was charged with four counts of embezzlement related to missing funds with the Lincoln County chapter of the North Carolina Burned Children Fund and five…

Lincoln Charter students support Christian Ministry with donation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Two Lincoln Charter School kindergarten classes raised more than 500 cans of food for Lincolnton’s Christian Ministry soup kitchen and delivered the bundle to their warehouse on Friday morning. “This is a tremendous help,” Christian Ministry building manager and organizer John Hall said. “We can go…

Rep. Patrick McHenry maintains strong opposition to abortion, Obamacare

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s representative in Congress is unfazed by this week’s failed attempt to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act. Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry, who represents the county in North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, sent out a statement shortly after a veto override…

Officers: Man had more than 2 pounds of pot

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with possessing more than two pounds of marijuana. Gary Francis Stroman, Jr., 25, was arrested after Lincolnton Police Department detectives served a search warrant at his residence on Lantern Ridge Drive. Officers said the arrest was the result of complaints about drug…

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