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Former coach charged with statutory rape

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Staff report A Long Beach, New York man has been charged in connection with a child sexual assault that occurred more than five years ago in Lincoln County. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dan Renn charged Frederick Solomita, 49, of West Penn Street in Long Beach, with statutory rape/sexual offense…

Food, toy giveaway helps make season bright

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Traffic essentially shut down South Poplar Street, but Christina Keller was still successful in locating a nice, vacant space to park her two-door SUV. But that wasn’t the last bit of good Monday morning fortune for Keller, whose smile couldn’t be removed. Blessed by a donation…

Fostering Hope: Building bridges, identifying abuse

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When a child is removed from a home and taken from their biological parents because of abuse, the process is traumatic for the child, the state employee assigned to the case and even the abusive or neglectful parents. In most cases, foster children have a history…

CHS-Lincoln awarded for energy savings

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Monarch butterfly stickers have inhabited the Carolinas Healthcare System Lincoln hospital the past seven months, their presence serving as visual cues for employees to consider the environment around them. The hospital was one of four in North Carolina chosen to pilot a CHS initiative aimed at…

American Garage Door Systems focuses on service

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Denver-based American Garage Door Systems has endured changes in the industry and the economy over the last 16 years. “We really do focus on customer service,” President Dave Nodine said. “We put our customers at the front of our priority list and we stand behind…

Jason Saine clinches re-election bid

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Rep. Jason Saine essentially clinched a third full term in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Monday when the 2016 filing deadline passed with no action. The Lincoln County Republican will run unopposed in November, meaning barring impeachment, resignation, retirement or a popular write-in candidate,…

SAGA Combat Systems to offer classes to educators

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Lincolnton martial arts school is offering free classes to school teachers in 2016 after a successful campaign in 2015 where they did the same for local law enforcement officers. SAGA Combat Systems will kick off the new year by promoting the program. The acronym “SAGA”…

Field house to be named after Scott Cloninger, track after Dr. Clyde Smith

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Two Lincolnton High School coaching legends will have their accomplishments forever remembered at the place they honed their craft. By unanimous decision, Lincoln County school board members voted to name the school’s track after Clyde Smith, a coach and educator who spent 30 years with Lincoln…

County may demolish Lincolnton’s Block Smith Gym

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The future of Lincolnton’s Block Smith Gym is very much in doubt. Lincoln County commissioners cited lead paint, asbestos and limited use as causes of concern for the county-owned facility, a former Lincolnton High School structure built in the 1950’s, during a budget retreat Thursday. The…

Fostering Hope: Foster care provides bridge for broken families

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Editor’s Note: This story is the first in a three-part series that explores the foster care system in Lincoln County. Part 2 will run in Wednesday’s edition. — M.G. PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When a family is broken, there’s no easy fix. The jagged pieces of fractured lives may not…