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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…

Fostering Hope: Building bridges, identifying abuse

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When a child is removed from a home and taken from their biological parents because of abuse, the process is traumatic for the child, the state employee assigned to the case and even the abusive or neglectful parents. In most cases, foster children have a history…

CHS-Lincoln awarded for energy savings

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Monarch butterfly stickers have inhabited the Carolinas Healthcare System Lincoln hospital the past seven months, their presence serving as visual cues for employees to consider the environment around them. The hospital was one of four in North Carolina chosen to pilot a CHS initiative aimed at…

American Garage Door Systems focuses on service

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Denver-based American Garage Door Systems has endured changes in the industry and the economy over the last 16 years. “We really do focus on customer service,” President Dave Nodine said. “We put our customers at the front of our priority list and we stand behind…

Jason Saine clinches re-election bid

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Rep. Jason Saine essentially clinched a third full term in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Monday when the 2016 filing deadline passed with no action. The Lincoln County Republican will run unopposed in November, meaning barring impeachment, resignation, retirement or a popular write-in candidate,…

SAGA Combat Systems to offer classes to educators

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Lincolnton martial arts school is offering free classes to school teachers in 2016 after a successful campaign in 2015 where they did the same for local law enforcement officers. SAGA Combat Systems will kick off the new year by promoting the program. The acronym “SAGA”…