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Arts Council, Atkin offer acrylic painting classes

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With the help of local painter Andrew Atkin, the Arts Council of Lincoln County will offer an adult acrylic painting class in celebration of the holiday season. The classes will provide a learning base for all levels of ability, while beginners are encouraged to explore the…

Union Elementary says ‘thank you’ to veterans at annual breakfast

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer More than 120 former soldiers crowded around tables set up in an elementary gymnasium on Tuesday, their patriotic service rewarded with a free breakfast courtesy of Union Elementary School and a handful of corporate sponsors. The entire student population soon joined the veterans, serenaded them with…

Former Denver attorney indicted on 11 felonies

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A former Denver attorney was sent to jail Monday shortly after a grand jury returned 11 true bills of indictment. Peter Capece turned himself into the Lincoln County magistrate’s office just before 2 p.m, where he was charged with six counts of Class C felony embezzlement…

Inmates briefly escape from transport van

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Staff report Two inmates from a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office prisoner transport van briefly escaped on Friday. Logan Gene Long, 24, of Lincolnton, and Damarcus Dashaun Dixon, 19, of Charlotte, were being transported to Polk Correctional Institute in Butner after appearing in court in Lincoln County. The men escaped through…

Gaston, Lincoln commissioners talk land purchase

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer After meeting with Gaston County officials last week, Lincoln County commissioners have plans to gather again next month to discuss a potentially significant land purchase that would impact both counties. The Woodcock property, owned by Charlotte-based Crescent Resources and available on the real estate market for…

School board prepares for Ed Hatley’s exit

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Ed Hatley may have been elected Lincolnton’s newest mayor last week, but the former principal and current school board member isn’t ready to give up his education career just yet. Hatley plans on being present for Tuesday’s school board meeting and a Dec. 1 committee meeting…

Man charged with ‘deplorable’ neglect of wife

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has accused a 72-year-old Stanley man of neglecting his bedridden wife for about nine months. Bobby Dean Armstrong, 72, of 7618 Sifford Road, was charged on Thursday with one felony count of neglect of a disabled/elderly person with serious injury. Armstrong was charged…

Councilmen weigh in on Roby Jetton securing seat

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The City of Lincolnton is beginning to look more like itself again. With the general election in the rearview mirror, the campaign signs that littered virtually every thoroughfare within city limits are gone. For city government, the biggest changes came in the form of a new…

School system still looking for land in eastern Lincoln County

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer School board officials say they’re no closer to finding space for new eastern Lincoln County schools than when they first formalized the idea in September. “At this point, we’re back to square one,” school board chairman Mark Mullen said. “We’re still open to all options.” The…

Local veteran will have to wait for Purple Heart

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For 47 years, Steve Carpenter didn’t think much about collecting the Purple Heart he said he was offered in Vietnam. In mere weeks, though, the 1966 Lincolnton High School graduate went from inviting his grandchildren to a medal ceremony to discovering he wouldn’t be receiving his…