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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…

Messianic Jewish synagogue partners with Stanley church

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Hoping to foster better understanding of its religion in a community without a single Jewish house of worship, the Beit Shofarot Messianic Jewish Synagogue will host monthly Bible studies at Stanley’s Rock Hill United Methodist Church beginning in February. Beit Shofarot, House of Shofars in Hebrew,…

Lincolnton PD focuses on recruiting, stabilizing force

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer After a half-dozen officers resigned from the department in the spring, the Lincolnton Police Department had to gear up for a recruiting drive to not only replace the departed staff but find ways to retain its officers. “The biggest thing for us right now, and I…

Lincolnton woman sentenced to federal prison

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court to serve 37 months in prison for stealing $253,000 from her former employer. Angelina Marie Parker, 44, will also serve three years of supervised release and has to pay $158,134 in restitution. Parker was an employee at Piedmont…

10-day hold removed from Animal Services proposal

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer After receiving numerous complaints, including hundreds in the form of an online petition, Lincoln County Animal Services will not move forward with a policy change to euthanize shelter animals following a 10-day hold period. “I have asked (LCAS Director) David (Workman) to pull that off,” Lincoln…

Lincolnton Middle School still working toward new basketball courts

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincolnton Middle School is hoping for the generosity of local donors to help the school raise the money necessary to construct two outdoor basketball courts. The school hosted its first New Year’s Shootout inside its gymnasium this year, a basketball tournament won by the LMS boys…

Lincoln County Democrats cruise into general election

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer While eight local Republicans must prepare quickly for a primary election barely two months away, the two Democrats running for Lincoln County commission seats will have a much more favorable election cycle. Neil Underwood and Elaine Jenkins, both former Lincoln County Schools employees, automatically advanced to…