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Boxer follows father’s footsteps

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Every time he reads his name, he is reminded of his father. Just reading Semaj Young’s name backwards leads to his origin, so it should be of little surprise that James Young’s son took up the sport his father went the semi-pro route of perfecting. With…

Beyond Trying: Miller has worked every step of the way

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincoln/Cleveland County district attorney Mike Miller has traveled a winding road to his current seat. Not unlike many others who have found success in their careers, Miller’s was achieved through determination and hard work, with an influence provided by his family that he applies to everything…

Sheriff’s Office to sex offenders: ‘No Leniency’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For registered sex offenders in Lincoln County, there is a message that rings clear through the diligence of the Sheriff’s Office. “We take our responsibility to the citizens of this county seriously,” said Lt. Tim Johnson, the major crimes unit commander. “We extend no leniency.” Johnson…

UMAR to find new home

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A downtown Lincolnton nonprofit must find a new place to call home after the sale of the building where it leases space has been completed. The building, located at 202 East Main Street, serves as the home for UMAR, an agency and ministry of the Western…

Trading Places: Popular restaurants on the move

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A pair of popular Lincolnton restaurants will soon find themselves in new locations. Red Fish Grill exited its location at 421 N. Generals Boulevard on May 2 and is destined to move into the former 36th Street Bakery building at 101 N. Court Square…

Event celebrates 235th anniversary of Battle of Ramsour’s Mill

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton unites for the 235th anniversary of the fight between the Whigs of the American Patriot Militia and the British Loyalists (Tories) this weekend, the battle of Ramsour’s Mill will be celebrated through re-enactment. The battle that took place on June 20, 1780 saw the…

Group threatens lawsuit against Lincoln County

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In an email sent on Monday, a Washington, D.C. religious liberty watchdog group warned Lincoln County commissioners not to ban non-Christian prayer from government meetings and gave commissioners 30 days to respond. The letter, sent from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, comes in…

City appears to avoid tax hike

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer It has been a challenging budget season for officials and department heads with the City of Lincolnton. While navigating lost water and sewer revenue, a second loss in five years in revenue via tax revaluations and the ever-rising cost of employee health insurance, the city looks…

Pair accused of selling meth

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Staff report A Kings Mountain man and woman are facing felony drug charges after they allegedly sold more than an ounce of methamphetamine to undercover officers on Friday. The drugs had a value of $1,800-$3,000, depending on how they were packaged for sale, deputies said. Following the purchase, narcotics investigators…

Restaurant owners spar over Gastonia location

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The battle for a Gastonia property has pitted two Lincoln County restaurant owners against each other, with Gastonia’s City Council as the referee. Members of the council voted 6-1 to reject bids for the rights to the former Webb Theater from Byron Sackett’s Homesteads Grill &…