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LPD searches for missing woman

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UPDATED: Maldonado was located in Catawba County, according to a press release from the Lincolnton Police Department.   Staff report A missing persons report was filed on Sunday with the Lincolnton Police Department. Kayla Lynn Maldonado was last seen on Sunday, Dec. 27 at approximately 7 a.m. leaving work at…

Deputies investigating baby’s death

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the Christmas Eve night death of a 6-month-old boy. Deputies and Lincoln County EMS were dispatched to 1747 Temple Lane in Dallas on Dec. 24 at 11:45 p.m. after the father of the child, Jerry Allen, called 9-1-1 and said that…

Field set for ’16 Lincoln County elections

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The field to fill three county commission seats will be Lincoln County’s largest in eight years, despite the fact that no last-minute candidates entered their names on Monday’s filing deadline. Ten candidates filed in a 21-day window beginning Dec. 1, and eight Republicans will duke it…

Fostering Hope: A family’s journey

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The role of the host family in the foster care system represents one of great responsibility, understanding and the realization that their contribution is likely a temporary one. Kenney and Barbara Crawford, 55, are what the Department of Social Services refers to as a model family…

Gilleland Realty fueled by family

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s Gilleland Realty has built its brand on family values, trust and ultimately, customer service. “It really is the greatest feeling to grow a business along- side my family,” said co-owner John O. Gilleland Jr., Lincolnton’s former mayor. “We take pride in what we are doing…

LMS hopes to fund new basketball courts with tournament

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Dana Ayers is hopeful that a new year yields new opportunities, and a new fundraiser may make that happen. Lincolnton Middle School will host its inaugural New Year’s Shootout on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, an eight-team boys and girls invitational basketball tournament that the principal…

Toys for Tots drive reaches thousands

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A line formed outside the Howards Creek Veterans Center on Tuesday morning, not that Sherry Trevino could see much of it. Positioned in a seat just inside the building, the Lincoln County Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots coordinator spent most of her morning looking up…

Animal advocacy group aims to get out the vote

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Two local humane organizations are speaking out following a Lincoln County commission meeting last month and a fine levied against the animal shelter on Dec. 8. Animal Services was assessed $7,500 in penalties after a Department of Agriculture investigation revealed that 210 cats and dogs died…

Former coach charged with statutory rape

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Staff report A Long Beach, New York man has been charged in connection with a child sexual assault that occurred more than five years ago in Lincoln County. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dan Renn charged Frederick Solomita, 49, of West Penn Street in Long Beach, with statutory rape/sexual offense…

Food, toy giveaway helps make season bright

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Traffic essentially shut down South Poplar Street, but Christina Keller was still successful in locating a nice, vacant space to park her two-door SUV. But that wasn’t the last bit of good Monday morning fortune for Keller, whose smile couldn’t be removed. Blessed by a donation…