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Lincolnton High student charged with marijuana possession

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Staff report A Lincolnton High School student was arrested on Tuesday by the Lincolnton Police Department and charged with possessing marijuana with intent to sell. The 16-year-old student was arrested after an investigation led to the location of approximately five grams of marijuana packaged, according to a press release from…

Lincolnton Fire Department promotes Reynolds to captain

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Lincolnton Fire Department has promoted former Fire Engineer Rusty Reynolds to the rank of captain. Fire Chief Ryan Heavner said that Reynolds is very deserving of the promotion. “Rusty is a very hard worker and is dedicated to our department,” he said. “He may be…

Lincoln, Gaston County to discuss potential 580-acre land purchase

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Officials from Lincoln County and Gaston County have called a special meeting for Tuesday to discuss the impacts associated with potentially purchasing a major plot of land residing in both counties. The topic of the meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m., will revolve around a 583-acre raw…

Lincolnton Democrats confident as city election approaches

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The City of Lincolnton’s general election is less than a week away and while Republicans hope to gain a seat or two on city council, according to Lincoln County Democratic Party chairman Tommy Huskey, his party’s candidates have plenty of experience and accomplishments under their belt…

Candidate Survey: Les Cloninger (D), Gene Poinsette (R)

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Editor’s Note: The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of eight questions to candidates running in the Nov. 3 general election on the City Council, Ward 2 ticket — Democratic incumbent John “Les” Cloninger and Republican challenger Gene Poinsette. Their responses are listed below. How can the city improve the services…

Search begins for new Lincoln County fire marshal

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer At a county commissioner meeting earlier this month, Mike Futrell surprised county officials by announcing his retirement as Lincoln County fire marshal, effective at the end of November. The process for finding a new Lincoln County fire marshal is expected to begin this week. Futrell said…

State Sen. David Curtis stands by record for 2016 bid

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When he first heard rumblings a couple of months ago that a fellow Republican may challenge him for his State Senate seat, David Curtis forced himself to jumpstart his re-election campaign a lot earlier than he had originally anticipated. By the time former Mooresville commissioner Chris…

Nonprofit holds dedication for new DSS playground

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Members of a local nonprofit formally presented One Step At a Time Park to Lincoln County and the Department of Social Services during a dedication ceremony on Thursday. The celebration, held at the park’s location next to the DSS building, followed a year of fundraising by…

Republican leaders look for ‘balance’ in city government

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer While the Republican Party is well represented in Lincoln County government, an effort to gain leverage in Lincolnton through the Nov. 3 general election is something that Lincoln County Republican Party chair Jon Propst is passionate about. “I’m not sure that gaining one more (seat on…

Fundraising effort inspired by National Guard troops

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Last March, 167 troops from Lincolnton’s detachment of the North Carolina Army National Guard were deployed for a security mission in Bahrain in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, which includes the conflict in Afghanistan. A ceremony at the James C. Warren Citizens Center brought the community…