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Candidate stumps in Lincolnton

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    Asheville challenger hopes to unseat Republican incumbent in November ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Congressional candidate Tate MacQueen shared his vision for a united North Carolina with Lincoln County residents Tuesday night at the county’s Democratic Headquarters in Lincolnton. For the past 20 years, MacQueen has served as…

Trio charged for local thefts

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Three Lincoln County men face a total of 15 felony counts after breaking into various locations in Denver and Mecklenburg County, stealing a variety of electronics, equipment and other items earlier this month, deputies said. According to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office press…

County gets first look at budget

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   County Manager Tracy Jackson shared the proposed Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget with county commissioners at their meeting Monday night. Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners is expected to hold its first budget workshop on Friday at noon at the Citizens Center. According to Jackson, this…

Ugandan youth choir shares song, culture with students

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than 20 children from Uganda’s Royal School & Orphanage spent time with students at Love Memorial Elementary School this week. The African children, who ranged in age from 9 to 16, are part of the school’s prestigious choir, Ugandan Thunder, which travels…

Preacher sentenced for stalking

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local preacher was sentenced Monday in a Lincoln County courtroom after a district court judge found him guilty of stalking a relative earlier this year. Alan Hoyle, 53, of Lincolnton, was arrested on the misdemeanor stalking charge on April 1, according to the Lincoln County…

City, county to hold budget work sessions

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Staff report Government budget season is in full force this week, with both city and county officials holding budget workshops. Lincolnton’s City Council will hold its second budget workshop today at 6 p.m. at City Hall. According to City Clerk Donna Flowers, the purpose of the meeting is to continue…

Patriots win again at Battle of Ramsour’s Mill

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American Patriots defeated British Loyalists on the battlefield at Jacob Ramsour’s gristmill on June 20, 1780. Each year, re-enactors visit the site of the battle to share with visitors stories from the fight and trades and skills from the Revolutionary War period. ABOVE: Re-enactors fire their weapons during a demonstration…

Deputies: Man who raped teen on the loose

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man is wanted for raping a teen earlier this year, deputies said. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Friday afternoon seeking the public’s help in locating Jose Manuel Palafox Vasquez, 25, of 410 South Flint Street. Deputies said the suspect goes…

Lack of funding, building repairs put local Boys and Girls Club in jeopardy

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local nonprofit for children looking to get underway in Lincoln County early next year is in need of significant funding before it can open its doors. Since 2012, Boys and Girls Clubs of Lincoln County has been making plans to build a community program in…

Zickefoose ready to take reins as city’s finance director

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer City Manager Jeff Emory announced his decision Wednesday to hire Lincoln County Schools’ Assistant Superintendent for Business Steve Zickefoose as the city’s new finance director. After three months of thorough application review and interviews, he felt that Zickefoose was perfect for the position. “The finance director’s…