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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…

Students see dangers of drunk driving firsthand

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Students at West Lincoln High School experienced a mock car crash Friday morning to illustrate the deadly dangers of drinking and driving. Because the school prom took place the following day, teachers and local first-responders thought it vital to show the effects of driving under the…

Denver dog kennel on agenda for commissioners

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will determine the fate of controversial Denver dog kennel permit request at its meeting tonight. Earlier this month, county commissioners and the Lincoln County Planning Board listened to a request for a conditional use permit to construct a dog day care…

School Board inks $2 million deal for Asbury

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Education unanimously approved the contract for the Asbury Alternative School project with R.J. Leeper Construction Company during its meeting Tuesday night. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Matthew Stover presented the update to board members. One of the major changes listed in the…

Maiden man charged for meth

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer   A Maiden man was placed behind bars Wednesday after police said they located ingredients used for producing methamphetamine inside his residence. Matthew Ryan Minton, 24, of 502 Potts Street, is currently in the Catawba County Detention Center without bond, pending a first…