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Federal court delays part of NC voting law

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Staff report North Carolina voters will be able to participate in same-day registration and out-of-precinct provisional voting during this year’s election after a federal appeals court ruled that several sections of the state’s new voting regulations could not be implemented for the midterm election. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals…

Local folk artists ready for Sherrill’s Ford festival

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lake Norman Folk Art Festival kicks off in Sherrill’s Ford on Saturday. For six years running, the festival has drawn artists from around the state and has showcased all sorts of artwork, including woodturning, pottery, sculpture, painting, furniture making and everything in between. Lincoln County…

LPD buys body cameras for officers

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincolnton Police Department officials said they have taken proactive measures in the fight against crime and the pursuit of transparent law enforcement by purchasing 10 body cameras. Manufactured by Taser International, the lightweight cameras are designed to clip onto sunglasses, a band around the back of…

Shotgun stolen in 1987 recovered by deputies

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Staff report A shotgun that was stolen from an eastern Lincoln County home in 1987 has been recovered and was returned to its owner on Sept. 30. The theft of the firearm was investigated by then-rookie deputy David Carpenter, who is now sheriff of Lincoln County. The shotgun was located…

Film about toxic water, featuring House candidate, to be screened

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Democrat Tate MacQueen featured in film about polluted water table in Buncombe ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For the past several years, residents of one Buncombe County community have been fighting for a vital necessity that is often taken for granted: clean drinking water. “My Toxic Backyard,” a documentary by Emmy…

No trial date set for former doctor’s suit against rape accuser

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A trial date has not yet been set for the civil suit a former Lincolnton doctor who was accused of rape filed against his accuser. John Everett Marshall, 59, of 466 Jerry Crump Road in Lincolnton, was indicted on felony charges for first-degree rape, conspiracy and…

Police policies, trash can purchase on city agenda

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council members will consider incorporating language regarding the use of body cameras to the police department’s Standard Operating Procedures at their meeting Thursday night. According to the policy, a body worn camera (BWC) is “‘an on-the-body’ video and audio recording system assigned to an…

Revaluations come under fire

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The methods Lincoln County uses to perform property revaluations drew the ire of a group of concerned citizens at a recent Board of Commissioners meeting. During a public hearing, several speakers questioned the 2015 Schedule of Values’ validity, as well as its creation process. “I think…

Veterans hope to care for their own with new group

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer For years, Maurice Moore’s karate studio on North Aspen Street has been dedicated to helping the community get healthy and learn self-defense. Now, Moore , a Vietnam veteran that served in both the Marine Corps and the Army, has a new mission — and it’s one…

Students get a lesson in conservation

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Conservation Field Day gives students a crash course in all things nature ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s sixth grade students gathered at two of the county’s parks last week for Conservation Field Day. According to Patty Dellinger, Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District Program Coordinator, the field day…