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Four more candidates enter Lincolnton race

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Three Republicans file for seats, Dems will face primary battle for Ward 2 PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Three Republicans filed to run in the City of Lincolnton primary election in September on Thursday, just 24 hours prior to the filing deadline today. One Democrat, Larry Houser, filed for the Ward…

Man facing armed robbery, meth charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton man is facing robbery and methamphetamine possession charges after a traffic stop by the Lincolnton Police Department on Saturday. Dustin Everett Beam, 29, of 1408 Laboratory Road, was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on Gaston Street Extension. Beam was wanted in connection with…

No Stranger to the Endangered: City, county collectively preserving spaces

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer North Carolina is primarily recognized by preservationists for its tobacco barns, mill villages and one-room schoolhouses. Many of these historic properties have been saved through federal, state and local grant incentives, while others have found new life through property owners with enough passion and capital to…

‘Poetry Lincolnton’ calls it quits after 10 years

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With one last event scheduled for tonight at the Lincoln Cultural Center, a bittersweet goodbye is in order for a group that began in 2005 and gradually grew into a North Carolina favorite for poetry lovers of all styles. For the last decade, founders Devona Wyant,…

City manager named in sexual harassment complaint

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An employee of the City of Lincolnton has filed a grievance with the Charlotte office of the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), claiming sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and retaliation. The grievance was filed on July 8 by City Clerk Donna Flowers, who said in the…

Mission for Service: Group gives Christian Ministry a new look

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Mission Serve volunteers come to town to paint, serve meals ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The sun beat down on T.J. Gilmer on Monday, a Philadelphia Eagles cap shielding the rays but not preventing the heat from producing massive beads of sweat on the teenager gutting his way through the 90-degree…

Parishioners hope to save items in Unity chapel

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A district court judge placed a temporary restraining order on Denver’s Unity Presbyterian Church last week, prohibiting for the time being the place of worship from giving away items members of the congregation consider to be of historical and monetary value. Eight church members filed a…

Braves oust Post 100

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Gaston ends Cherryville’s season in Game 4 RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor CHERRYVILLE — Friday’s Game 4 between the Gaston Braves and Cherryville followed the same suit as the three before it: One team jumped out in front early, and the other team began its pursuit. But, for the first time…

LPD: Meth, heroin found during searches

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department arrested two men on felony drug charges on Friday after receiving tips that drugs were being sold at homes on Lithia Inn Road and South Poplar Street in the city. Officers said that, between Monday and Thursday, they observed “many known consumers of controlled…

Hatley wants to ‘represent this city’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As the first week of filings for Lincolnton’s Sept. 15 primary election came to a close on Friday, Lincoln County Board of Elections director Brad Putnam confirmed that Democrat Edward L. “Ed” Hatley was the only filing for the city’s mayoral seat. In fact, there has…