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School board prepares for Ed Hatley’s exit

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Ed Hatley may have been elected Lincolnton’s newest mayor last week, but the former principal and current school board member isn’t ready to give up his education career just yet. Hatley plans on being present for Tuesday’s school board meeting and a Dec. 1 committee meeting…

Man charged with ‘deplorable’ neglect of wife

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has accused a 72-year-old Stanley man of neglecting his bedridden wife for about nine months. Bobby Dean Armstrong, 72, of 7618 Sifford Road, was charged on Thursday with one felony count of neglect of a disabled/elderly person with serious injury. Armstrong was charged…

Councilmen weigh in on Roby Jetton securing seat

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The City of Lincolnton is beginning to look more like itself again. With the general election in the rearview mirror, the campaign signs that littered virtually every thoroughfare within city limits are gone. For city government, the biggest changes came in the form of a new…

School system still looking for land in eastern Lincoln County

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer School board officials say they’re no closer to finding space for new eastern Lincoln County schools than when they first formalized the idea in September. “At this point, we’re back to square one,” school board chairman Mark Mullen said. “We’re still open to all options.” The…

Local veteran will have to wait for Purple Heart

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For 47 years, Steve Carpenter didn’t think much about collecting the Purple Heart he said he was offered in Vietnam. In mere weeks, though, the 1966 Lincolnton High School graduate went from inviting his grandchildren to a medal ceremony to discovering he wouldn’t be receiving his…

Transition to Lincolnton mayor ‘bittersweet’ for Ed Hatley

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Democrat Ed Hatley assumes the mayor’s chair at the Lincolnton City Council’s regular session on Dec. 3, it will be a new experience for a man who spent his entire career in education. He will be leaving another chair behind in the process, as the…

NLHS drummer honored for All-American Bowl band selection

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The legacy of North Lincoln High School’s marching band took another step forward on Friday with a celebration honoring Ian Yount. Yount, a senior, was named to the U.S. All-American Bowl band. He will play snare drum in San Antonio on Jan. 9 at a game…

Police: Felon had marijuana, AR-15 rifle

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with felony marijuana possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Officers arrested Michael Darrice Nixon, 31, of 110 Bryan’s Way, late on Oct. 22 after receiving a call about a suspicious vehicle parked in the roadway in the 300…

Lincolnton woman arrested on nearly 20 felony drug charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman is nearly 20 felony drug charges after an investigation into drug sales by the Lincolnton Police Department. Kristin Daniell Lowman, 30, of 740 West Second Street, was charged on Tuesday after a three-month investigation into the alleged sale of narcotics by Lowman and her associates,…

Lincoln County airport client could invest $12 million

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Following a brief meeting of the Airport Authority on Thursday, airport officials agreed to release property at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport, paving the way for a future industrial client to move in. The specific client has not been made public, and much discussion about the…