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Assistant fire chief resigns amid SBI inquiry

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The assistant chief of the Lincolnton Fire Department resigned on Friday amid a state investigation into missing funds at the local chapter of the North Carolina Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund. Bill Fortenberry served as treasurer for the Burned Children Fund, in addition to his firefighting duties…

Apple Festival thrives for another year

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Deputies still searching for armed robbery suspect

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  Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are still investigating an armed robbery on Business Highway 16 in Denver on Sept. 13. Employees at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, located at 367 North Highway 16 told responding deputies that a white male entered the store around 4:50 p.m. armed with a…

Lincolnton election events on tap for county Republican Party

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the Lincoln County Republican Party, the opportunity to put GOP candidates in front of as many voters as possible has become a priority in the run up to Lincolnton’s municipal election on Nov. 3. “We feel that these scheduled events can do that,” party chairman…

Humane Society program working to keep unwanted pets out of shelters

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Humane Society of Lincoln County has eclipsed 10,000 spays and neuters since 2000, according to representatives from the organization. According to spay/neuter clinic coordinator Diane Leatherman, the nonprofit passed that mark in March, though there is still some work to be done. “I wish it…

State investigating Lincolnton Fire Department assistant fire chief for missing money at local Burned Children Fund

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The State Bureau of Investigation has launched an inquiry into allegations that Lincolnton Fire Department assistant chief Bill Fortenberry committed “financial crimes” related to his duties as the treasurer of the Lincoln County Chapter of the North Carolina Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund. Bryan Lynch, a Boger…

Apple Festival gets back to its ag roots

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the first time since it started the event 33 years ago, the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension did not assist in coordinating this year’s Apple Festival. That doesn’t mean, however, that the organization won’t have a visual presence at tomorrow’s festivities. Cooperative Extension will utilize the…

School board land purchase may face county opposition

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education agreed to ask the county for its blessing in combating a population problem earlier this month. Getting the money it’s seeking, though, isn’t a sure thing, according to county commissioners. At its meeting Sept. 8, the school board decided to move…

Livestock business reopens under new name, Vale ownership

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The 12-acre plot in Shelby, known to many in the community as “Shelby’s Livestock Yard” has seen change come in the form of an overhaul and a fresh, new look. Under new ownership and staff, the “Cleveland Livestock and Agriculture Exchange” officially opened its doors on…

Cloninger wins Dem nomination

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton’s Ward 2 councilman Dr. John “Les” Cloninger is one step closer to retaining his seat within city government after defeating fellow Democrat Larry Houser in Tuesday’s primary election. After all seven precincts reported, Cloninger garnered 319 votes to Houser’s 141. “I just want to thank…