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Two turntables and a microphone

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Man accused of assault after sucking woman’s toes

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Concord felon who attempted to suck on a woman’s toes at a Lincolnton Wal-Mart on March 17 has waived his right to a court-appointed attorney. Detectives said last Monday’s incident was at least the fourth time the man has tried to perform the…

A Night in Persia, via Vale

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Library celebrates Shakespeare

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Public Library, together with a number of other counties across the state, is currently hosting a Community Read effort and series of events in honor of one of history’s greatest poets and playwrights — William Shakespeare. Since the English writer and actor…

Meet the Candidate: Candy Burgin

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  MICHAEL GEBELEIN  Managing Editor   Candy Stevens Burgin puts a premium on customer service. She cut her teeth at King’s Office Supply soon after graduating from Lincolnton High School and has grown with an office assistant position at the Department of Transportation. She’s held a leadership position as current…

Police: Serial toe sucker charged

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have charged a man they said sucked a stranger’s toes after luring the person to try on shoes inside the Lincolnton Wal-Mart on Monday. Michael A. Brown, a registered sex offender from Concord, was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female by the Lincolnton Police…

A war hero looks back

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Local man served valiantly with 105th Engineer Combat Battalion JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton native John David Abernathy, who served for 15 months during World War II, is considered the last surviving member of the United States Army’s 105th Engineer Combat Battalion. Nicknamed by the Germans as “Roosevelt’s SS,” the…

City of Cherryville employee sentenced for stealing utility payments

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Staff report A former City of Cherryville employee was sentenced on Thursday to just over a year in prison for embezzling nearly $93,000 from the city. Jennifer Neal Hoyle, 36, of Cherryville, pleaded guilty to three felony counts of program fraud in 2013 as the result of a joint state…

Sen. Curtis, committee hear about effects of ACA

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer North Carolina lawmakers continued their debate over the controversial overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system this week. The Joint Study Committee on the Affordable Care Act and Implementation Issues held its first meeting in Raleigh on Tuesday. The committee was created in January by Republican House…

Six candidates vying for 2 Board of Commissioners seats

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer This year, six candidates are running for two available Board of Commissioners seats. Republican candidates include Bill S. Beam, Mike Davis, Anita McCall, Martin Oakes and Richard Permenter. Adam Long is the only Democrat candidate running for a County Commissioner seat. County Commissioners James Klein and…