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Council votes again on Emory, same result

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council voted once again to terminate the contract of City Manager Jeff Emory. Councilmen Dr. Marty Eaddy and Dr. John “Les” Cloninger opposed the motion and Councilmen Devin Rhyne and Roby Jetton voted in favor of the termination. During a quick discussion, Eaddy said…

Lincolnton Staples to close in February

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Through an email sent to customers on Wednesday, the Staples office supply store in Lincolnton has confirmed that it will shut the doors of the Midland Plaza location at 1623 E. Main Street on Feb. 13. The store opened its doors in the summer of 2000.…

Extreme sports park CEO makes final push before county vote

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Local businessman Brittan Schnell met privately with three Lincoln County commissioners this week, in a last-ditch push for his proposed Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park. Commissioner Carrol Mitchem and chairwoman Cecelia Martin met together with Schnell in the afternoon, two hours after Alex Patton spoke with the…

Lincolnton Fire Department promotes Brent Smith

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincolnton Fire Department has promoted Brent Smith from his post as captain to assistant chief. Beyond his qualifications and experience, the department has experienced some recent changes in staffing, leading to the promotion of Smith to his new position. “Brent is a highly experienced firefighter…

Lincolnton man charged with possessing counterfeit currency

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Staff report A western Lincoln County man was arrested on Wednesday for possessing counterfeit money, drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon. The arrest was the result of a multi-week investigation into drug activity in which deputies believed the man was involved. Jason Lee Self, 33, of Flay Road in…

Sheriff’s Office investigating home invasion robbery

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives are investigating a home invasion and robbery that occurred on Wednesday at a residence north of Lincolnton. Around 10:15 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the home invasion at a residence in the 3400 block of Gladden Drive. When officers arrived on…

State investigating Stasney car dealership

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A longtime car dealer is currently the subject of a state-level investigation, a North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles official confirmed Tuesday. DMV Inspector J.T. Ratliff acknowledged that his agency’s inquiry into Buddy Stasney is ongoing, but couldn’t say how many people were affected or when…

Deputies: Scam leads to theft of safe

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a possible scam that led to the theft of a safe from a residence in the 2600 block of North Highway 16 in eastern Lincoln County on Jan. 7. The victims told detectives that a white female came to the door…

North Brook FD supports firefighter

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The North Brook Volunteer Fire Department has organized a “Boston Butt Dinner Fundraiser” to help offset some medical expenses for Joe Grantt, a firefighter with the department, which will assist him until he is able to return to work after surgery. He is expected to be…

Council to vote on firing city manager again

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s city council will vote on Thursday, for a second time, to terminate former City Manager Jeff Emory’s contract. After Mayor Ed Hatley split a tie vote during Thursday’s regular session in favor of firing Emory, it was determined that a second public meeting should be…