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City holds meetings to promote ‘group focus’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton recently hosted a meeting several organizations with the hopes of promoting a group focus on improving the downtown area while also including county-wide development initiatives. Attending the event were representatives of the business community and organizations like the city’s Building and Community…

County approves $32k for voting booths

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County commissioners have approved a request from Board of Elections director Bradley Putnam to purchase of new polling booths for $32,000. The purchase of 50 new booths at $569.80 each can be misleading, according to Putnam. “Those particular ones vote four people,” he said. “They…

Ghostbusters impersonator charged with trying to meet child for sex

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Staff report A Gastonia man has been charged with trying meet a 14-year-old for sex in Lincoln County while dressed up like a character from the movie “Men in Black.” Michael Robert Geressy, also known as “Doc Geressy,” 36, of 4538 S. New Hope Road, was arrested on June 10…

Curtis backs bills to cancel I-77 toll contract

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When the North Carolina House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 81-27, to cancel the contract for the controversial Interstate 77 toll lanes project, opponents of the contract saw the vote as a solid victory as it moved to the Senate. Department of Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson has…

YMCA kicks off summer programs

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The YMCA of Greater Charlotte has officially begun its summer season of camps and programs for 2016. Both Lincoln County YMCA facilities kicked off their summer schedule on June 9. Sally’s YMCA in Denver and Lincolnton’s Lincoln County Family YMCA will continue the tradition of hosting…

National touring gospel group to appear locally

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Gospel Truth Trio will make an appearance at Leonard’s Fork Baptist Church in Lincolnton on June 26. The trio consists of Kelly Carter, Tiffanie Goodwin and Gilbert Haynes and together they produce their own brand of traditional southern gospel fare. Based out of Pacolet, South…

Woman arrested for break-in

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Staff report A Lincoln County woman has been charged with breaking into a Lincolnton home, stealing several items and pawning them at a local pawnshop. The victim in the case, who lives in the 1100 block of Highway 150 West, told the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that he believed he…

Sheriff: Schools should be closed during elections

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter believes that any election polling conducted within public schools should be held when school is not in session, regardless of the predicted voter turnout. With nearly a dozen public schools listed as precinct locations on Lincoln County’s website, Carpenter sees lax…

Shenandoah lead singer enjoying group’s revival

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Staff report Closing out her fifth studio album 20 months ago, Miranda Lambert needed a track that hearkened back to simpler times. The platinum blonde Texan craftily inserted lyrics from country legends Trace Adkins, Reba McEntire, Clint Black and George Jones into “Another Sunday in the South,” the 16th and…

Jenkins won’t seek re-election to Lincoln County Board of Education

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County Board of Education member Tony Jenkins has announced that he won’t seek re-election, meaning his District 4 seat will be up for grabs during the November election. Current board chairman Mark Mullen is seeking another term, but will give up his at-large position in…