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Deputies: Hunter shot at repo men

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Staff report A Cherryville man has been charged with shooting at two men who were attempting to repossess his vehicle on Tuesday. Nathan Monroe Myers, 39, of 2468 Bess Chapel Church Road in Cherryville, was hunting on Sam Houser Road in Vale at around 8:20 a.m. when Earnest and Elijah…

Officers: Sex offender attended LHS football game

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Staff report A 75-year-old Lincolnton sex offender was arrested on Monday on charges that he attended a football game at Lincolnton High School, in violation of the conditions of his registration as a sex offender. Lester Franklin Chapman was located at the game on Nov. 27 after an off duty…

Cecelia Martin elected commission chairwoman

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the second time in a year, Lincoln County commissioners elected a new leader at Monday night’s bi-monthly board meeting. Cecelia Martin, a freshman commissioner, was unanimously chosen the board’s new chairwoman. Carrol Mitchem, removed from the position after just one year, was elected to be…

Church group plans fourth mission trip to Haiti

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A group from First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton is planning a mission trip to Quantimenthe, Haiti for the purpose of installing garden irrigation and purchasing and assembling desks and chairs for a special needs school that has been erected in the impoverished community. According to…

UPDATED: Tax liens against CEO of proposed extreme sports park closed

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Special Event Linen Company, a Lincolnton-based hotel and restaurant tablecloth manufacturer owned by the man proposing to build an extreme sports complex in the city, was the subject of six federal tax liens filed between June 2013 and February 2015, according to publicly available Internal…

New section of Carolina Thread Trail opens in Lincolnton

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The latest segment of the Carolina Thread Trail was unveiled with a Friday afternoon ceremony for about 30 people and two dogs assembled on location near Lincolnton’s South Fork River. The occasion, a formal opening of a 1.2-mile addition to the South Fork Rail Trail, marks…

Newly elected Lincolnton mayor defends tie-breaking vote

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley has defended his tie-breaking vote that gave City Manager Jeff Emory, the city’s highest paid employee who also works on a contract basis, a 1.5 percent cost of living raise. “The intent was to give all employees a raise,” Hatley said. “He…

‘Christmas in Scotland’ comes to Lincoln Cultural Center

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Dancing, storytelling and fine musicianship will grace the stage as “Christmas in Scotland – Seasonal Music and Stories from Celtic Lands” comes to Lincolnton. “This is year number six,” said creator, organizer and performer Jamie Laval. “It is different every year. Our first year it was…

White House Extreme Sports Park set for public hearing

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A larger-than-usual audience is anticipated for tonight’s Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting, which has been moved from its normal location on the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center to the building’s auditorium. On the agenda for the 6:30 p.m. meeting are six…

SBI investigation into theft from burned children fund ends

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The State Bureau of Investigation has concluded its investigation into allegations that a former Lincolnton firefighter stole money from a fund for burned children and has submitted those findings to the county’s district attorney. The allegations center on former assistant chief Bill Fortenberry and missing money…