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City filing opens, field wide for GOP candidates

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Filing for Lincolnton’s primary election began this morning, but many questions remain, particularly for the Republican Party, as its members once again look to overthrow a Democratic majority within the city. Republicans have enjoyed a six-year mayoral tenure from John Gilleland, who announced earlier this year…

Team comes together to support mother battling breast cancer

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The losses piled up, but Jeff Mackey didn’t care. As his East Lincoln Optimist Club baseball team lost its 10th in a row, then 10 more, then 10 more after that, Mackey, the team’s head coach, didn’t mind. When the team finished the season having lost…

Gun permit bill comes at bad time for supporters

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With the images of the racially motivated June 17 gun slaying of nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina fresh in the minds of the country, the timing for House Bill 562 could not have been worse for its supporters. As…

City fireworks show goes off without a hitch

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In the days leading up to Saturday’s July 4th fireworks show, Jeff Emory showed more than a minimal interest in what Mother Nature had in store. Lincolnton’s city manager, well aware of the fact Lincolnton’s $10,000 fireworks vendor contract doesn’t come with a rain date, was…

Deputies: Man had 3 pounds of pot

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with possessing nearly three pounds of marijuana after an anonymous tip to law enforcement led to a search of his home. Terrell Richard Sweet, 45, of 225 Bynum Road, was arrested of Tuesday when Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators followed up…

Lincolnton woman travels globe with prized pooches

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Laura Moretz competes for Purina team   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer If you had told Laura Moretz that after she graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology that she would be traveling the globe as an award winning dog trainer and performer 20 years later, she…

Lincoln County Schools could stop offering driver’s ed in August

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Facing uncertainty on what the state’s budget will ultimately look like, members of the Lincoln County Board of Education confirmed this week that the county could potentially join several others in suspending its driver’s education program in August. The program could be restored if the…

Salem Industries celebrates clients’ own independence

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The 58 workers who comprise Salem Industries’ workforce couldn’t fight back smiles during an Independence Day celebration on Thursday. The luncheon, put on by the United Way of Lincoln County, featured a live DJ and dance party. Salem Industries helps intellectually challenged “consumers” with employment tasks…

McHenry: Fast track will keep executive honest

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer President Barack Obama signed into law the Trade Promotion Authority bill on Monday, activating legislation that’ll change the way Congress handles trade deals. TPA, commonly referred to as “Fast Track,” allows Congress an up or down vote on any trade deal. No amendments can be tacked…

Martial arts master faces another fight

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The accolades and achievements Maurice Moore has accrued through decades of perfecting a difficult-to-perfect craft haven’t come free. The costs are significant, and they’re costs that Moore must now face. Moore, an internationally known boxing and karate instructor, can remember being inducted into the World Karate…