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County drops ‘no-kill’ terminology

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins confirmed Monday night that the county’s animal services goals will no longer be termed a “no-kill philosophy.” “We’re not calling it ‘no-kill’ (any) more,” Atkins said. “It’s the ‘90-percent live-release rate.’” The change comes following suggestions by county commissioner Martin Oakes…

Deputies: Thief in wolf mask broke into store

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Staff report A person wearing a wolf mask broke into a western Lincoln County convenience store on Monday. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said the Food Country located at 6638 Highway 27 West was broken into around 1:45 a.m. on Monday. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of money from…

More than 1,500 ballots cast during first days of early voting

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Just 1,609 Lincoln County residents cast their votes through the first four days of early voting, a figure that represents about 3 percent of registered voters in the county and 40 percent of the amount of early voters from the 2012 presidential primary. Those figures don’t…

Curtis appointed to committee to overturn Charlotte LGBT ordinance

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County state Sen. David Curtis is among 10 members appointed Tuesday by Senate Leader Phil Berger to work with the N.C. House of Representatives in overturning a Charlotte City Council ordinance before it can go into effect April 1. The committee, headed by Wilkes Republican…

Lost in Time: Historic Lincolnton clock comes home

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A clock that once hung proudly from the First National Bank building on Court Square in downtown Lincolnton will find its way back home thanks to the efforts of one city councilman, a local businessman and a host of others with a passion for the clock’s…

Man arrested on crack charges after car chase

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Staff report A Mount Holly man has been charged with leading Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a car chase on Friday. Deputies conducted a vehicle stop against Harvey Eugene Boyd, 52, of Pope Road, on Gastonia Highway and saw what appeared to be crack cocaine in plain view on…

Men arrested after probation searches

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested two men on felony drug charges during a joint operation with North Carolina probation and parole officers. During one of the searches, detectives seized nearly a quarter pound of marijuana, plastic baggies and scales from a residence near the 1900 block of…

Men arrested in child predator sting

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Staff report Three men have been arrested in a Lincolnton Police Department sting operation for allegedly trying to meet what they thought was a child for sex. Michael Wilson Lesswing, Tadesse Zewdie Sullivan and Donald Joseph Klausing were arrested after making contact online with an undercover detective posing as a…

Temporarily delayed, downtown development moving forward

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The concept of three new downtown Lincolnton developments housing 38 new multi-family units is inching closer to reality. The three structures will be erected in three phases, six to nine months apart. “We have followed all the meandering paths through local and state government to make…

State Senate candidates dispute endorsements

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A pair of local state Senate hopefuls each announced endorsements from the same two elected officials last week, and both question the authenticity of their opponent’s claims of support. Mooresville resident Chris Carney listed 17 current or former politicians from Iredell County as supporters to his…