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City looks to continue relationship with county after election

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Relationships between municipalities and the counties that they inhabit are subject to change over time, primarily because of the change of elected seats on both governing bodies. For better or worse, those seats can influence the nature of that relationship drastically. “We are in the process…

Lincolnton Christian Ministry honors 30-year volunteer

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Christian Ministry of Lincoln County honored volunteer Tam Pauley at a luncheon on Tuesday afternoon in recognition of her 30 years of service to the non-profit. LINC Meals, a Christian Ministry program, provides meals to homebound citizens who cannot cook for themselves or may not be…

Catawba Co. man wanted in connection with shooting

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Staff report A Catawba County man is wanted on charges that he shot into a woman’s vehicle on Wednesday. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives said Bobby Lee Fish Jr., 35, of Lowrance Road in Catawba, shot at a woman around 8:30 p.m. on Highway 274 in western Lincoln County. The…

Release date nears for Lily Tallent’s first album

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer  Feb. 21 may have been the scariest day of Lily Tallent’s life. The Vale native with long, red hair and an unmistakable Southern accent turned 30 less than a month ago. Still holding onto her dream of becoming a bona fide music sensation, she knows her…

Volunteers voice concerns about county animal shelter

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Leaving Huntersville on a warm summer day five years ago, Jena Healy felt a sense of progress. The Denver paralegal spent that Saturday, like many ones before it, trying to help Lincoln County dogs find forever homes through a Petco-sponsored adoption event. One fortunate canine, a…

UPDATED: Man dies in Highway 27 wreck

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Vale man died as the result of injuries received in an accident near the 4000 block of Highway 27 near Shoal Road in western Lincoln County on Friday morning. Lloyd Allen Stroupe, 67, died after the crash. The road was closed as of Friday afternoon.…

Accident shuts down Highway 27 West

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Staff report A car accident near the 4000 block of Highway 27 near Shoal Road in western Lincoln County blocked traffic early Friday afternoon. Crews transported at least one inured person via helicopter to an area medical facility. Officials said that a pickup truck crossed the centerline and struck a…

Deputies: Former county employee admitted to stealing fuel card

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Staff report A former Lincoln County employee has been charged with using a county gas card to illegally purchase nearly $20,000 in fuel. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Joseph Matthew Gibson, 24, of 149 Canipe Road in Dallas, used a government-issued WEX fuel card to buy 9,000 gallons of…

General Election contenders face uphill battle

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Now that Tuesday’s state primary is complete, three previously unchallenged local candidates will enter the general election field against favored competition. Incumbent Sen. David Curtis narrowly held off former Mooresville state Sen. Chris Carney’s bid for his District 44 state Senate seat. Meanwhile, incumbent Carrol Mitchem…

Man arrested for shooting

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with shooting another man and threatening his neighbors in a separate incident. Gary Vaughn Ball, 53, of 647 Bish’s Way, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly shooting a neighbor with a shotgun. The victim was transported to CHS-Lincoln with wounds that weren’t…