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Former Lincolnton Fire Department official indicted for embezzlement

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Former Lincolnton Fire Department assistant chief Bill Fortenberry was indicted today by the State Bureau of Investigation on embezzlement charges. Fortenbery was charged with four counts of embezzlement related to missing funds with the Lincoln County chapter of the North Carolina Burned Children Fund and five…

Lincoln Charter students support Christian Ministry with donation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Two Lincoln Charter School kindergarten classes raised more than 500 cans of food for Lincolnton’s Christian Ministry soup kitchen and delivered the bundle to their warehouse on Friday morning. “This is a tremendous help,” Christian Ministry building manager and organizer John Hall said. “We can go…

Rep. Patrick McHenry maintains strong opposition to abortion, Obamacare

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s representative in Congress is unfazed by this week’s failed attempt to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act. Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry, who represents the county in North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, sent out a statement shortly after a veto override…

Officers: Man had more than 2 pounds of pot

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with possessing more than two pounds of marijuana. Gary Francis Stroman, Jr., 25, was arrested after Lincolnton Police Department detectives served a search warrant at his residence on Lantern Ridge Drive. Officers said the arrest was the result of complaints about drug…

Ellen DeGeneres punches Braylon Beam’s ticket to Super Bowl

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Braylon Beam will coach another game. The six-year-old Rock Springs Elementary Student bravely fighting cancer appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the third time on Friday. DeGeneres, a noted New Orleans Saints fan, will help Beam see the Saints’ NFC South rival Carolina Panthers play in…

City clerk to receive $10k in sexual harassment case

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton has settled a sexual harassment case brought by City Clerk Donna Flowers for $10,000. “I’m pleased that an agreement was reached,” Mayor Ed Hatley said. “The city is ready to move forward.” After a closed session related to personnel, city attorney T.J.…

Advocates suggest changes to Lincoln County Animal Services

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Animal Services held the first of three community involvement meetings at East Lincoln High School on Wednesday. The purpose of the sessions, which continued Thursday at the James W. Warren Citizens Center and wrap up Monday at West Lincoln High School, was to garner…

Campaign cash rolls in for Jason Saine

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Not having an opponent in the upcoming election hurt Rep. Jason Saine’s efforts a bit, but the third-term legislator still raised more than $50,000 for his campaign in the latest finance reporting cycle. The Lincolnton Republican collected $51,128 from July 1 until Dec. 31 after raising…

Lineage, discipline drives Shaolin Kung Fu School

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Decades of study, competitive fighting and community interest have inspired two Denver USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame members to combine their resources and talents to better educate their students. “It just made perfect sense,” Sifu Mark Williams said of the merger. “My lease was up…

School expansion on Lincoln County Board of Education workday agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education agreed Tuesday to host a work day next week designed toward finalizing a solution for the growing space problems in East Lincoln elementary schools. Among choices the board will consider Thursday are expanding two Denver elementary schools, asking commissioners to…