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Roby Jetton reflects on first meeting as councilman

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Councilman Roby Jetton was a championship fighter in the boxing ring during his younger days. Today, he said he prefers to fight for the citizens of Lincolnton. “You think you have an idea about what to expect,” he said following his first meeting as a councilman…

Deputies: Men threw stolen gun, pot from vehicle

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Staff report Two Lincolnton men were arrested on Monday for allegedly possessing marijuana and a stolen gun. Deputies charged Dilon Gregory Garcia, 20, of 2423 Nottingham Road, was charged with one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor…

Pair arrested after car chase

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Staff report Two people have been arrested by the Lincolnton Police Department after a car chase on Friday that began in the city and ended in Newton. Officer Derek Thom initiated a traffic stop around 3 a.m. on Friday near the intersection of Highway 321 and East Main Street. The…

Saine files for re-election, Libertarian to run for state senate seat

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer As expected, Rep. Jason Saine filed the paperwork on Monday to run for re-election to the state House of Representatives. Saine, a Republican, has represented Lincoln County in Raleigh since 2011 and is the only candidate who has announced that he will seek the District 97…

Leatherman named mayor of Cat Square

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When the last vote was counted for Cat Square’s annual mayoral race, Harvey Leatherman was named Cat Square’s 42nd ceremonial mayor. Leatherman defeated fellow candidates Scott Sigmon and Chris Heafner for the community honor. The Reepsville Road resident, who lives directly across the road from where…

Hearing for White House Extreme Sports Park tabled

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Citing a lack of concrete evidence, Lincoln County’s planning board agreed on Monday to re-open a public hearing for the proposed Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park. That decision followed hours of debate Monday night between Brittan Schnell, the park’s prospective CEO, and a dozen or so speakers…

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…