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Boger City Fire Department sets sights on goals for 2016

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Boger City Volunteer Fire Department experienced change in 2015 and is focused on department goals for the year ahead. Retired Lincolnton Fire Department Chief Mitch Burgin became the fire chief in April. Fire Chief Mike Hill, who was described as a “quiet leader” by the…

Quick response from neighbors, firefighters saves Lincolnton couple

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Quick action from concerned neighbors and the response of three area fire departments helped lead two adults to safety after an electrical fire left their home smoldering while they slept on Feb. 2. Concerned neighbors saw smoke coming from the home of Carl and Barbara Kiser,…

Lincoln County Animal Services community meetings conclude

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Animal Services concluded its series of community involvement meetings on Monday night with a presentation at West Lincoln High School. The sessions were aimed at addressing hurdles the county still faces as it tries to meet the 90-percent live-release rate necessary to becoming a…

Former Lincolnton Fire Department official indicted for embezzlement

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Former Lincolnton Fire Department assistant chief Bill Fortenberry was indicted today by the State Bureau of Investigation on embezzlement charges. Fortenbery was charged with four counts of embezzlement related to missing funds with the Lincoln County chapter of the North Carolina Burned Children Fund and five…

Lincoln Charter students support Christian Ministry with donation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Two Lincoln Charter School kindergarten classes raised more than 500 cans of food for Lincolnton’s Christian Ministry soup kitchen and delivered the bundle to their warehouse on Friday morning. “This is a tremendous help,” Christian Ministry building manager and organizer John Hall said. “We can go…

Rep. Patrick McHenry maintains strong opposition to abortion, Obamacare

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s representative in Congress is unfazed by this week’s failed attempt to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act. Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry, who represents the county in North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, sent out a statement shortly after a veto override…

Officers: Man had more than 2 pounds of pot

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with possessing more than two pounds of marijuana. Gary Francis Stroman, Jr., 25, was arrested after Lincolnton Police Department detectives served a search warrant at his residence on Lantern Ridge Drive. Officers said the arrest was the result of complaints about drug…

Ellen DeGeneres punches Braylon Beam’s ticket to Super Bowl

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Braylon Beam will coach another game. The six-year-old Rock Springs Elementary Student bravely fighting cancer appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the third time on Friday. DeGeneres, a noted New Orleans Saints fan, will help Beam see the Saints’ NFC South rival Carolina Panthers play in…

City clerk to receive $10k in sexual harassment case

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton has settled a sexual harassment case brought by City Clerk Donna Flowers for $10,000. “I’m pleased that an agreement was reached,” Mayor Ed Hatley said. “The city is ready to move forward.” After a closed session related to personnel, city attorney T.J.…

Advocates suggest changes to Lincoln County Animal Services

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Animal Services held the first of three community involvement meetings at East Lincoln High School on Wednesday. The purpose of the sessions, which continued Thursday at the James W. Warren Citizens Center and wrap up Monday at West Lincoln High School, was to garner…