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Newton man pleads guilty to robbing Maiden bank

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  Staff report A Newton man has pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing BB&T banks in Maiden, Valdese and Claremont in 2014. Joshua Paul Wilson, 33, was charged with three counts of bank robbery after robbing the Maiden branch on April 2, the Claremont bank on May 20 and…

Cherryville Shooters bring in New Year

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Inspired by a 200-year-old tradition, the Cherryville New Year’s Shooters made a trek of over 100 miles to celebrate the new year with a journey that began on New Years Eve and ended at 6 p.m. on Saturday. “We had a tremendous turnout,” Secretary Rusty Wise…

Extreme sports park on planning board agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer After a four-month-long struggle, Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park is expected to receive a planning board recommendation at tonight’s meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the James W. Warren Citizens Center auditorium. First proposed in September, the park would host a Junior Olympic swimming pool, basketball and…

Howard’s Creek Fire Department secures new engine

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When the Howard’s Creek Fire Department took possession of its new engine/pumper truck recently, it was a transaction that the department had needed to make for some time. “We needed a new engine and I’m excited for our department right now,” Fire Chief Dusty Rudisill said.…

Lincolnton science center to be discussed by City Council

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A proposed science center that would be erected in Lincolnton will be on the table for discussion when the city council holds its regular session on Thursday. A proposal extended by STEM Career Path Project, Inc. focuses on an all-ages offering that would focus on bridging…

State senator wants longer terms, term limits

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer An 83-year-old North Carolina state senator has once again broached the idea of longer terms for state legislators. Ronald Rabin, whose 12th District encompasses Harnett, Johnston and Lee Counties, told constituents in a Christmas newsletter that he plans on re-filing a bill that would give state…

Sheriff’s Office detective lives musical dream with 20 Ride

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When Zac Brown Tribute act “20 Ride” takes the stage on Jan. 23 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton, the show will benefit the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Fraternal Order of Police and the work that the organization does in the community. For Lincoln County…

Public to receive update on county office move

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County manager Kelly Atkins will present the public with another update in the coming weeks on the county office move commissioners green-lit back in April. Since commissioners gave their final approval, the county moved ahead with adopting a plan to demolish, picked an architectural firm…

Neighbors vow to fight extreme sports park

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Residents of Lincolnton’s Hickory Grove neighborhood are not satisfied with the results of a December sound study conducted at a nearby industrial facility. Brittan Schnell invited county employees, planning board members and select neighbors on Dec. 18 to the proposed Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park, where the…

Animal Services hopes to ‘empty the shelter’

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A new year means new goals for Lincoln County Animal Services. All dog adoptions will cost $40 in January. Cats will continue to cost $20 in a drive LCAS calls its “Empty the Shelter Initiative.” “Our goal is to definitely empty it,” Animal Services Director David…