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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…

Historic cemetery tour on tap for downtown

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A group of citizens is organizing a guided tour of downtown Lincolnton’s historic cemeteries that will take place in October. The project is being spearheaded by Carol King in conjunction with three local churches and associated volunteers. “I just really want to do a cemetery tour,”…

Historic Lincolnton clock in experienced hands

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A historic clock that once called Court Square home will see a new life and once again hang in downtown Lincolnton thanks to the expertise of a Charlotte clock restorer. Jim VanOrsdel is a craftsman who has operated “The Clock Shop” since 1968. His resume is…

Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant preparations underway

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The 38th annual Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant is now three weeks away and the 12 young women vying for the crown began rehearsals this week. The 2016 installment of the Apple Pageant promises to be a year of many firsts as seven former queens…

Denver Days gears up with free concerts

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Denver Days festival has entered its 14th year and will celebrate its permanent move to Rescue Squad Park with a “Music in the Park” series. The Rotary Club of Denver Lake Norman event is made possible in 2016 by a sponsorship from Hecht Realty. “I…

Pair arrested in NY for 2015 break-in, car theft

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Staff report Two people have been arrested in New York in connection with a break-in and car theft in October. Anthony Thomas Griffa, 23, and Zariah Kenyatta Wingate, 21, both of Pineview Lane in Gastonia, are accused of breaking into a home and stealing a number of items, including televisions…