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Saine continues to push NC puppy mill bill

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Legislation aimed at curbing North Carolina puppy mills continues to sit in a state Senate redistricting committee nearly 11 months after receiving heavy bipartisan support from House lawmakers. The bill, introduced by Lincolnton Rep. Jason Saine last March, would require commercial breeders with 10 or more…

Crouse man arrested on meth charges

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Staff report A Crouse man has been arrested on felony methamphetamine charges. James Norman Merriam, 38, of Swanson Road, was charged on Friday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after a search warrant was executed at his home. Deputies said they seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during the raid. Deputies…

Lincolnton Optimist Club starts fund for family of Kandace Helms

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincolnton Optimist Club has started an emergency fund for the Helms family. On Tuesday morning, Kandace Helms was killed in an automobile accident after a truck crossed the centerline and hit her head-on. Her sons, aged 7 and 2, survived the crash. The Helms family…

City plans to reorganize Lincolnton Business and Community Development

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Officials with the city of Lincolnton have confirmed a plan to reorganize the Business and Community Development department through the relocation of personnel and a realignment of duties. “This is a topic of restructuring for maximum efficiency,” interim City Manager Steve Zickefoose said. “Since it does…

Pint-sized principals take over St. James Elementary

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Two Lincoln County first graders traded in their books and sneakers Thursday for a brief administrative role at St. James Elementary School. Virginia Painter and Stella Bradley, both 7 years old, served as the school’s principal and assistant principal for a day, respectively, after their names…

Saine: Trump doesn’t truly represent GOP

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Less than a week before North Carolina holds its presidential primary, state Rep. Jason Saine let it be known that he will not board the Trump train. Saine, a Lincoln County Republican, held a joint press conference Wednesday in Raleigh at the North Carolina State Capitol…

Mundy House hosts ‘Family Tree Art Project’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Thanks to a grassroots grant from the Arts Council of Lincoln County, the Lincoln County Historical Association will host the first Mundy House Family Tree Art Project. The purpose of the project is to teach students the multimedia transfer process, add an artistic touch to a…

County drops ‘no-kill’ terminology

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins confirmed Monday night that the county’s animal services goals will no longer be termed a “no-kill philosophy.” “We’re not calling it ‘no-kill’ (any) more,” Atkins said. “It’s the ‘90-percent live-release rate.’” The change comes following suggestions by county commissioner Martin Oakes…

Deputies: Thief in wolf mask broke into store

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Staff report A person wearing a wolf mask broke into a western Lincoln County convenience store on Monday. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said the Food Country located at 6638 Highway 27 West was broken into around 1:45 a.m. on Monday. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of money from…

More than 1,500 ballots cast during first days of early voting

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Just 1,609 Lincoln County residents cast their votes through the first four days of early voting, a figure that represents about 3 percent of registered voters in the county and 40 percent of the amount of early voters from the 2012 presidential primary. Those figures don’t…