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Embezzlement investigation of firefighter expands to church

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Since September, the State Bureau of Investigation has maintained an active investigation into the theft of funds from the Lincoln County Chapter of the North Carolina Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund and former Lincolnton Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Fortenberry, the group’s former treasurer. According to SBI…

Curtis backs plan to void I-77 contract

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A Lincoln County lawmaker is asking the governor to make a last-minute decision to void the I-77 toll lane contract with a Spain-based company. David Curtis (R-Lincoln, Iredell, Gaston), in conjunction with Cornelius Republican Senator Jeff Tarte, Cornelius Republican Rep. John Bradford and Huntersville Republican Rep.…

Community meeting set for city’s new First Federal Park

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  Feedback from the public encouraged by city officials   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A community meeting has been organized by the City of Lincolnton to further open the lines of communication between city leaders and the community regarding First Federal Park. “I believe this is a very important step…

Suspects in Vale theft arrested in Pennsylvania

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives have charged two Catawba County residents in connection with an Oct. 28 theft from a home on Trinity Church Road in Vale. The victim told detectives that firearms, a wedding band and cash were stolen from his home. He said his granddaughter, Holly…

School board begins talks about search for new member

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer School board officials publicly broached the idea of filling Ed Hatley’s seat for the first time on Tuesday. Hatley will be forced to resign from the board when he’s sworn in as Lincolnton’s newest mayor on Dec. 3. He said he plans on making one last…

Scouts help freshen up National Guard Armory in Lincolnton

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In need of some rejuvenation, Lincolnton’s National Guard Armory received a fresh coat of paint Wednesday from a group of Boy Scouts willing to lend a helping hand. The troops, from Lincolnton and Cherryville, pitched in on painting benches and walls throughout the armory, which trains…

Self-Made Man: Love of mechanics keeps Chapman busy with auto hobby

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The world around Wayne Chapman serves as his education. The 77-year-old, a father of four and great-grandfather of seven, built himself a steady life and ultimately retired as a maintenance supervisor with Cochrane Furniture Company. His garage houses vehicles he built by hand and his nearly…

Abuse investigator retires at Sheriff’s Office

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Staff report A detective who was responsible for investigating many of the most horrendous crimes against women and children in Lincoln County for the last 15 years retired on Nov. 1. In 1990, Sally Dellinger began her career in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office as a jailer in a facility…

Lincoln County Christian Ministry opens giving drive

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Christian Ministry kicked off its annual Christmas Fund last week, setting the stage for a six-week donation drive it hopes proves fruitful in giving everyone in the county a quality Christmas. Founded in 1977, the nonprofit has been involved with the fund ever since.…

Veteran gains perspective in two tours of duty in Iraq War

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Now back at home, Matt Craig focuses on family, military career   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Much like many other American boys his age, Iraq War veteran Staff Sergeant Matt Craig, 31, grew up playing with G.I. Joe action figures and honing his skills as an infielder on the baseball…