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Lincolnton man achieves lifelong dream with Sheriff’s Office

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Dylan Houser has been a fixture around the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for nearly a decade. Houser, 21, has accomplished incredible things since joining the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers Explorers program as a wide-eyed 12-year-old with a dream and a desire to assist his hometown community.…

Hog Happenin’ begins today

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  MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Hog Happenin’ returns to Lincolnton this weekend and the downtown streets will bustle with underneath the sweet, smoky aroma of the best barbecue the area has to offer. The snarling of motorcycles entering the city from far and wide is sure to provide a thunderous…

Man charged with child sexual assault

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Staff report A Cherryville man has been charged with the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl over the last four or five years. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Johnson charged John Wayne Hunsucker, 72, of Coot Williams Road, with one felony count of first degree statutory rape and one felony…

Council approves car tax, budget

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council adopted the 2016-17 fiscal year budget after a public hearing at its regular session on Thursday. The budget rests at $27,236,047. While unanimously adopted, Councilman Roby Jetton did make a motion to drop a proposed motor vehicle registration tax from $30 to $20…

State senator supports referendum on NC hunting, fishing rights

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Republican state Sen. David Curtis said he will support a proposal filed last week by Sens. Andrew Brock of Mocksville, Buck Newton of Wilson and Jim Davis of Franklin to bring to a voter referendum the concept of adding hunting and fishing rights to the state…

City officials to hold special meeting about city manager search

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council will hold a special meeting on Saturday at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Airport to discuss finalists for the city manager position. The position has been vacant since January, with finance director Steve Zickefoose serving as city manager on an interim basis. City officials confirmed…

Deputies help find missing man

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Staff report Lincoln County deputies helped find a man who went missing on the South Fork Walking Trail off Laboratory Road on Tuesday. Deputies were dispatched to the area after the wife of Tony Mitchell Weathers, 63, asked them to check on his welfare. Weathers had left his residence around…

Trio arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report Three people have been arrested on felony drug charges after a Lincolnton Police Department investigation into drug sales at an unspecified city shopping center parking lot. Officers started the investigation after receiving complaints about drug sales at the location, according to a press release from the Lincolnton Police…

Fallen soldiers honored with Memorial Day services

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Local services highlighted Memorial Day festivities as local organizations and citizens alike recognized those who have lost their lives serving the United States in the armed forces. On Sunday evening, VFW Post 1706 in Lincolnton held a memorial service that included former City of Lincolnton attorney Dan…

Rock Springs teacher awarded grant for classroom

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Rock Springs Elementary School teacher in Denver has been awarded a grant from the Farm Bureau Federation to purchase equipment for her classroom. Jessica Bisson, a second grade teacher at the school where she has taught since 2006, applied for the $500 grant so that…