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Officers nab 2 men in child predator stings

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton Police Department detectives have arrested two individuals in separate child predator sting operations. The operations were internet-based and involved the use of social media and chat applications. John Randall Jones, 47, of Huntersville, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with soliciting a minor and appearing.…

Lawmakers maintain close ties with ALEC

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Local Republican legislators say the American Legislative Exchange Council is simply a way for peers from other states to come together and discuss policy. But financial records show ALEC’s corporate participants provide significant money to the campaigns of Rep. Jason Saine and Sen. David Curtis, who…

South Fork Fire Department marks 50 years

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For 50 years, the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the community and growing the department. On Sunday, the department will formally celebrate the half-century milestone with a community open house that will feature department retirees, local and state dignitaries and memorabilia and gear…

State looking into charter school board

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A state Department of Public Instruction official confirmed Thursday that his department is looking into allegations of a conflict of interest concerning Lincoln Charter School’s board and a potential violation of state Board of Education governance policy. In an email sent to LCS parents on July…

Summer library programs show students the heroes around them

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Effort includes plan to write letters to National Guard troops ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer With school out and students craving activities to stay enriched, Lincoln County’s libraries are having no problem attracting children this summer. The county’s three branches are implementing summer programs for those too young to read, high…

Three Dems file for city council seats

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer After the second day of the City of Lincolnton’s primary election filing process came to a close on Tuesday, three Democratic candidates had confirmed their intention to run for office. No Republican candidates have yet filed for any of the three seats up for election in…

Rezoning bill shouldn’t affect Lincoln County

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer While upcoming legislation will technically reduce the options North Carolina’s citizens have to block zoning changes, local officials say it won’t have a radical impact on the way city and county planning boards do business. The bill, already approved by the state Senate and expected to…

The Economy of Preservation: Historic buildings find new life

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Old buildings have soul. Like an old Motown classic, they ring through your body, rattle your bones and take you back to another era, perhaps one that was simpler. Maybe one that makes you smile. There is a movement growing in Lincolnton and it involves the…

County celebrates Independence Day

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City filing opens, field wide for GOP candidates

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Filing for Lincolnton’s primary election began this morning, but many questions remain, particularly for the Republican Party, as its members once again look to overthrow a Democratic majority within the city. Republicans have enjoyed a six-year mayoral tenure from John Gilleland, who announced earlier this year…