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Report: Equality will help state economy grow

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Staff report A new study released today reports that an equity-driven economic growth model will expedite North Carolina’s recovery from the Great Recession, which has consistently remained uneven and sluggish across the state, creating recessionary-like conditions in many cities and towns. “The State of Working North Carolina,” a report published…

North Lincoln drummer shines on big stage

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For North Lincoln High School junior Ian Yount, this summer consisted of lengthy rehearsals, long bus rides and the chance to compete against talented drum corps from across the country. Yount, 17, was first introduced to music during his elementary school years. “I homeschooled Ian and…

Deputies help nab fugitive

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Denver man wanted in California and Florida was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals with assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives secured a search warrant for 2896 Sweeping Pines Drive in Denver and took Justin David Goulet, 27, into custody. In Lincoln County,…

Denver organization specializes in intellectual property, security issues

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Located in a nondescript building at the entrance of the Smithstone residential subdivision, one Denver firm is having a global impact. The Treadstone Group, Inc., founded in 2002 by its president, Ross Bulla, is a global security risk mitigation and investigations firm, specializing in intellectual property…

City Council planning for Lincolnton’s future

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council gathered for a special called meeting Wednesday night, holding their first Strategic Planning Meeting of the fiscal year. At a City Council meeting earlier this summer, council members expressed an interest in developing a strategic plan or vision for the city’s future, setting…

Police: Fraud committed by bank employee

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department issued a press release on Thursday clearing the original suspect officers identified in a recent bank fraud in Boger City. The suspect, whose photograph was distributed by the department, was thought to have committed bank fraud by withdrawing $2,000 from an elderly…

Local woman to donate kidney to fellow LHS alumna

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer More than 1,100 miles currently separate Renee Drum and Allison Obert, but come this fall, the two Lincolnton High School graduates will share more than an alma mater and a home town. On Nov. 1, Drum will make the flight to Obert’s home in Houston, Texas…

Boger City furniture company expanding east

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A Boger City furniture manufacturing company celebrated the grand opening of its new retail store in Denver this week. David Faulkner is the owner and mastermind behind Faulkner’s Upholstery in Boger City and, now, Faulkner’s Custom Furniture in Denver. With more than 20 years of experience…

City Council members share vision for Lincolnton’s future

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council gathered for a special called meeting Wednesday, with members holding their first Strategic Planning Meeting of the fiscal year. At a City Council meeting earlier this summer, council members expressed an interest in developing a strategic plan or vision for the city’s future,…

Maiden man gets 20 years for heroin

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Maiden man was convicted on Tuesday in Lincoln County Superior Court after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin. Jeremy William Smith, 38, of 204 W. Boyd Street in Maiden, was convicted of trafficking heroin by possession level 3 and trafficking heroin by transport level 3. He…