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Sheriff’s Office to buy bulletproof vests with drug money

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will purchase brand new bulletproof vests for deputies with money seized from drug dealers throughout the past six years. “Currently, the vests that we wear are not protected against high-powered rifle projectiles,” Sheriff David Carpenter said. “These new vests actually will…

United Way ‘Day of Action’ at Asbury Academy

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The United Way of Lincoln County will hold its annual “Day of Action” on Aug. 18 at the old Asbury School building in Lincolnton. Last week, the Lincoln County Board of Education agreed to a proposal made by Asbury United Methodist Church and the United Way…

Deputies: Man shot at sister

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with shooting at his sister with a handgun on Wednesday. Brian Wayne Rhyne, 45, of 1751 Maple Lane, is accused of shooting at his sister with a handgun during an argument. Deputies responded to a suspicious circumstances call in the 1700 block…

BBQ King, Homesteads honor law enforcement with free meal

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Two Lincoln County restaurants have honored area law enforcement officers with free meals as a way of thanking them for their service to the community. “That came from our owner (Byron Sackett),” Homesteads Grill and Taphouse Lincolnton manager Bob Henion said. “We discussed it at a…

Local man remembered for love of God, family and bluegrass

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer This Saturday marks the second annual Don Goodson family memorial concert to be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center. The event is sponsored by Goodson’s family, with the intention of exemplifying his love of God, family and bluegrass music. “He was just such a fun-loving person…

Firefighter admits to stealing from charity, church

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A former firefighter has admitted to stealing money from a charity for burned children and his church. Bill Fortenberry, the former assistant chief at the Lincolnton Fire Department, pleaded guilty to nine counts of embezzlement related to money he stole from the charity and his church…

Former Lincolnton resident joins the Clinton campaign

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Lincoln County family will be represented on the frontline in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Joel Payne Jr., son of Lincolnton residents Joel Payne Sr. and Cathy Payne, has been appointed by Hillary Clinton as the director of African-American Paid Media…

Lincoln Charter School names new chief administrator

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  MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln Charter School announced Tuesday that Jonathan Bryant will take over as the new chief administrator, following the departure of Dave Machado. “Jonathan is an extremely intelligent person with very high integrity and a tremendous work ethic,” Machado said. “He understands the culture of Lincoln…

Lincolnton National Guard soldiers celebrated with ‘welcome home’ ceremony

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A ceremony was held at Lincolnton’s James W. Warren Citizens Center on Sunday to welcome home soldiers from the Lincolnton Army National Guard’s Alpha 1st 113th Field Artillery Battalion. Guest speakers and an official flag presentation ceremony highlighted the event. Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Collins encapsulated…

City Manager Steve Zickefoose: ‘We have become complacent’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When Steve Zickefoose accepted the interim Lincolnton city manager position in January, he said he had no idea that he would eventually be named to the position on a permanent basis, along with retaining his role as finance director. “I’ve had some time to take a…