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Lincolnton, county near agreement on sewer debtors

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An agreement between Lincolnton and Lincoln County that has been months in the making is expected to be approved when the city council meets on Thursday for its regular session at city hall. Through the agreement, the city will handle the invoicing of residents who are…

County picks new Animal Services director

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County officials have chosen a familiar face to fill the county’s vacant animal services director position. David Workman, the department’s manager for the past five years, was selected on Friday to inherit the role left empty by Ron Rombs, who had his supervisory responsibilities limited…

United Way initiative seeks to eliminate hunger

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer United Way of Lincoln County director Kathy Vinzant summarized her organization’s hopes for two upcoming events succinctly yet effectively last week. The United Way, Vinzant said, wants to put homelessness and hunger to bed. To do that, it has put together a backpack food drive this…

Disbarred lawyer could face jail time

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer After failing to deliver account records in connection to a trust fund he admits he mishandled, disbarred Denver attorney Peter Capece could be held in contempt of court and imprisoned later this week. Capece is scheduled to appear in front of Assistant Clerk of Superior Court…

Pilot makes local stop on global trip

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English couple travel in homemade experimental airplane ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Though he retired as a British Airways pilot six years ago, Patrick Elliott hasn’t stopped flying. Elliott, who worked for the airline for 31 years, touched down in his homemade, experimental aircraft at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport on…

Cloninger: Status quo is a good thing

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton’s Ward 2 city councilman Dr. John “Les” Cloninger decided to run for re-election, his reasons were simple. “You know, I just wanted to see all of these wonderful things we have been working on come to pass and to help ensure that they do,”…

Deputies arrest Gaston women on drug charges

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Staff report Two Gaston County women were arrested on charges of selling cocaine and methamphetamine in Lincoln County in separate undercover investigations by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. During the operations, undercover detectives allegedly purchased cocaine and methamphetamine from the street level dealers. Arrested were Lakesha Marjorie Doll,…

Back in the Saddle: Lincolnton native refocuses music career

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer His voice is warm and inviting to even the most critical ear. He has a true southern gentleman’s demeanor that shines through his strong, raspy speaking voice. His songs speak of love lost and the desire to keep moving forward. Lincolnton native Saddle Brown writes about…

Community with tainted water may get county line hookup

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Residents from two communities approached commissioners for the second time in less than a month on Monday, though only one left happy with the night’s outcome. Forest Oaks representatives were seeking to get onto county water after noticing increases in hexavalent chromium following the brush fire…

McHenry holds local town hall meeting

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) held a town hall meeting Thursday morning, answering questions from concerned citizens at North Lincoln High School. Questions ranged in topic, touching on the Iran nuclear deal, union pension cuts and the national debt. In all, about 15 people showed up…