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Lincoln County Animal Services director fired

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Taylor Sumansky has been fired from her role as director of Lincoln County Animal Services, less than three months since she began working for the county. “As you are aware, we have met on several occasions and had several phone calls concerning expectations of your job…

Family reunited with 120-year-old Bible

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Lincolnton man has been reunited with his long-lost family Bible through the efforts of a woman who lives 225 miles away in Maryville, Tennessee. Bob Cantwell, a man of deep faith, admitted that he never thought he’d again see the Bible that has been in…

Former SouthLake headmaster charged with stealing $9 million

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The former headmaster of a Huntersville school will plead guilty in federal court for embezzling $9 million from the SouthLake Christian Academy and its affiliated church, SouthLake Presbyterian. According to filed court documents, from around January 2000 to approximately August 2014, Wayne Parker, 59, of Mooresville,…

‘Venue on Main’ provides new location for downtown events

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A new banquet room has opened in downtown Lincolnton. Venue on Main, located in the historic Anderson Building downtown, is the collaborative idea of two local business owners, who operate their separate ventures in the same building. Tosha and Chris Smith, owners of The Salty Petal,…

Lincoln County Animal Services making progress through perseverance

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The most recent statistics released by Lincoln County Animal Services paint a picture of perseverance and progress. The Lincoln County Animal Shelter has posted a 78 percent live-release rate since May 16, when Taylor Sumansky took the reigns as director of animal services. “We’ve been making…

Asbury Academy summer reading camp underway

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Asbury Academy is holding its first summer reading camp on the school’s campus this week. The goal is to invite students back for five days of fun, educational activities to combat any regression that may occur throughout a lengthy summer vacation. “Educational research tells you that…

Deputies ask for help to find runaway girl

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 17-year-old foster child. Detectives said the Lincoln County Department of Social Services reported the teen missing on July 22, after going to pick her up and being unable to find her. The girl…

Apple Queen Maddie Woodie takes time to reflect

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The reign of 2015 Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen Maddie Woodie is nearing an end. In two weeks, another of Lincoln County’s finest bright-eyed young women will bask in the pageant spotlight, facing a year filled with opportunity. “To have the chance to be the Apple…

Entrepreneurs, companies approach city about craft breweries

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A June referendum that paved the way for a craft brewery or stand-alone beer bar to operate in Lincolnton has drawn the interest of established companies and entrepreneurs alike. A trending development across the country, the voter referendum removed the requirement that coupled food with alcohol…

Rat infestation concerns Lincolnton home’s neighbors

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer An abandoned home in Lincoln County with a serious rat infestation has neighbors searching for answers. “We’re well aware of it and we’re trying diligently,” County Manager Kelly Atkins said. “There are only so many things that the government can do with regards to a private…