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‘Stamp Out Hunger’ back for another year

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the 24th straight year, America’s letter carriers will attempt to “stamp out” hunger this weekend. The event, hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, helps struggling food banks replenish their supplies during a time of year…

Lincolnton Art Crawl 2016 prepares for launch

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincolnton Art Crawl is preparing to launch its 2016 event and businesses are encouraged to participate by opening up their doors to host a local artist for the annual extravaganza. “One of my favorite things about the Lincolnton Art Crawl is that it’s a free…

More donors to be disclosed with Jason Saine-sponsored legislation

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine is one of two state lawmakers trying to make campaign financial contributions more transparent through a bill filed last week. The Require Disclosure of All Candidate Donations bill, jointly filed with Mecklenburg Republican Rep. Dan Bishop, would require candidates to…

Lincolnton, Lincoln County come to agreement on rural fire district

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton has entered into a contractual agreement with Lincoln County to provide fire services within the Lincolnton rural fire district. “Discussions have been going on for three or four years,” County Manager Kelly Atkins said. “This agreement will benefit county residents because having…

Budget matters and chicken chatter highlight Lincolnton Council meeting

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer During Thursday’s regular session for Lincolnton’s City Council, discussions regarding the 2016-17 proposed operating budget and talks about a possible city code change that would allow chickens or “laying hens” within city limits highlighted the agenda. Through numerous budget workshop sessions, city officials are very close…

McCrory sues feds over HB2

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Rather than meeting a Justice Department deadline to not enforce House Bill 2, Gov. Pat McCrory initiated legal action on Monday, asking a federal court to rule that the law is not discriminatory against LGBT people. McCrory and Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry were…

Officers educate students about safe and sober driving

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton High School students got to see the effects of drunk driving on Wednesday, in a law enforcement effort to keep those students safe on prom night. The Lincolnton Police Department, in partnership with the North Carolina Forensic Tests For Alcohol program, conducted the seminar and…

Maiden to perform ‘The Little Mermaid’ for spring musical

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Maiden High School drama teacher Lisa Bolick views her drama club’s spring production of “The Little Mermaid” as a bittersweet endeavor. “This class of seniors is the most mature and one of the hardest working groups that I have had,” she said. “They are a close-knit…

Feds threaten to pull funding over HB2

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The United States Department of Justice, in a letter sent Wednesday, told Gov. Pat McCrory that North Carolina is in violation of the Civil Rights Act by passing House Bill 2. The letter, posted on WRAL, gives McCrory until Monday to confirm “that the State will…

Trio arrested on meth charges after SWAT raid

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Staff report Three people are facing felony drug charges after a search of a home turned up nearly six ounces of meth. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit and SWAT team found the drugs after searching a home at 1210 Betterbrook Lane in the Lincoln View subdivision in Lincolnton…