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Homeless camps inspire county youth, churches

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‘Blanket the Homeless’ distributes food, supplies to campers PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For some residents of Lincoln County, the act of crawling into a bed with a blanket, four walls and a roof has become mundane, cloying and, perhaps, routine. You work hard, you play hard and then you lay…

Man pleads guilty to stealing $11 million

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Staff report An Iron Station man has pleaded guilty to embezzling $11 million from clients of his third-party payroll company. James Staz, 44, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion in federal court in Charlotte on Thursday. Staz ran Employee Services.Net, Inc. (ESN) with his father, William…

McHenry: Local manufacturing efforts ‘incredible’

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry visited Lincolnton on Friday, making a stop at Sea Express America Corp before arriving at the shell building at Lincoln County’s Industrial Park later in the afternoon. McHenry (R, NC-10), the chief deputy whip in the House of Representatives, arrived with Joe Bost,…

Art Crawl 2015 Featured Artist: Jerry Bartusch

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Jerry Bartusch has worked with his hands most of his life. He has a firm, blue-collar handshake and an infectious laugh that complements a winsome sense of humor. Bartusch, 65, retired in January 2006 after a career as a sheet metal worker in Chicago. Together, he…

Troopers chase suspect through city

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been charged with fleeing from highway patrolmen after a car chase in downtown Lincolnton on Wednesday evening. Trooper Brian Black with the State Highway Patrol arrested Jonathan Leonard McCorkle, 40, of 7409 Icon Way, and charged him with felony fleeing to elude and several…

County, city will meet again on hospital move

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Commissioners update councilmen on new plans for renovations PHIL PERRY Staff Writer County commissioners and Lincolnton’s City Council have agreed to meet and discuss potential options for moving select county offices out of downtown. The decision to come together was made official during City Council’s regular session on Thursday. Mayor…

New directors have close ties to county

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County named replacements for two retiring department leaders at a Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday. County manager Kelly Atkins told the board that he hired John Davis to replace Erma Deen Hoyle as director of Lincoln County Parks and Recreation,…

School gives children “A Place To Grow”

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer It doesn’t take long to find a smiling face inside the walls of A Place to Grow. The North Carolina Pre-K facility in Lincolnton specializes in early intervention, special education, developmental delays and typical day care services for children. The staff is friendly and the sound…

New Directions: County considers moving courthouse to old hospital

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Commissioners voted Tuesday to change gears on the plan to relocate county offices to the former Lincoln County Hospital and instead focus on finding a new home for the county’s judicial system. Commissioners instructed county staff to evaluate the feasibility and cost…

Smith’s first art show scheduled at Fausto Coffee

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton artist Angelo (L.A.) Smith will present his first art show at Fausto Cofee on March 12. Smith is an artist who creates much of his work in a studio at Art on Main in Lincolnton. UMAR, a Methodist Church associated 501 (c) 3 organization that…