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City of Lincolnton officials focus on pressing issues

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley took office in December. While he has had less than three months to get acquainted with his new seat, it hasn’t prevented him from digging into the issues that he sees as important for the city’s continued growth. Hatley’s voice has been…

Christian Ministry raises more than $7k with Souper Bowl effort

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Christian Ministry participated in a global charity effort earlier this month that netted the nonprofit more than $7,100 for its soup kitchen. In total, more than 5,200 groups took part in Souper Bowl of Caring, an event dedicated to urging young people to fight…

Candidate Survey: Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Pt. 1

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Editor’s Note: The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of 10 questions to Republican candidates who are competing for one of three GOP nomination spots for November’s general election. There are eight candidates on the ballot, the responses from four candidates are listed below. Responses from the other three — one…

David Black appointed to city council

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Former Lincolnton mayor David Black on Thursday was appointed to fill the City Council seat opened by Dr. John “Les” Cloninger’s resignation. In a split vote decided by Mayor Ed Hatley, Black was named Cloninger’s replacement and was sworn in immediately after Cloninger addressed a well-attended…

Catawba County man charged with threatening judge

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Staff report A Catawba County man has been arrested after allegedly threatening a Lincoln County District Court Judge on Feb. 10. James Michael Robinette, 51, of 123 Third Avenue SW in Catawba, was appearing on Feb. 10 in Lincoln County Child Support Court, being presided over by District Court Judge…

Stanley residents arrested on felony meth charges

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Staff report Two Stanley residents have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit arrested Ashley Nicole Hunsucker, 29, and William Dean Littrell, 38, both of 5719 Country Lane, on Wednesday after deputies executed a search warrant at the home. Detectives seized items used in methamphetamine…

Three men charged for Lincolnton break-ins

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Staff report Three men have been charged in connection with a string of recent break-ins at a business complex on Motz Avenue in Lincolnton. Lincolnton Police Department officers said that, during one of the break-ins, the business owner and officers interrupted the suspects, who fled on foot, but that evidence…

LCHA to host black history event, SAR workshop on Saturday

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Eastern Lincoln County Historical Society, a branch of the Lincoln County Historical Association will host an event on Saturday celebrating black history in eastern Lincoln County. LCHA will also sponsor a workshop for the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. With a successful community…

Rural economic development discussed at roundtable

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Rep. Jason Saine teamed up with the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce last week to host a Rural Economic Roundtable with business leaders from across the area at Lincoln County Economic Development headquarters in Lincolnton. Topics addressed on Feb. 10 included the need for…

Valentine’s 5K race set for Saturday

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Cowan’s Ford Country Club will have an Olympic presence at this year’s Valentine’s Day 5K and Fun Run. New York native Anthony Famiglietti will be on hand signing autographs at the race, which starts at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 20. Famiglietti, who attended both Appalachian State…