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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…

Welcome Home: Lincolnton National Guard troops return from Bahrain

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Troops from Lincolnton’s detachment of the North Carolina Army National Guard returned on Tuesday from a security mission in Bahrain in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, which includes the conflict in Afghanistan. One year ago, prior to the deployment, a ceremony at the James C. Warren…

Animal advocates may have influenced county election

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer As Lincoln County commission candidates were coordinating poll stops and approaching undecided voters, their efforts Tuesday were matched by a one-issue voting coalition that may have helped swing a local election. Volunteers from the Humane Voters of Lincoln County, a nonpartisan group aiming to replace current…

Lincolnton man charged with stealing car, assaulting woman

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with assaulting a woman and stealing her car. Johnny Wray Izard Jr., 23, of 309 Lee Avenue, was arrested on Monday and served warrants for common law robbery and assault on a female. Lincolnton Police Department officers went to Cobb Street in…

Man wanted on felony child abuse charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton man is wanted on felony child abuse charges by the Lincolnton Police Department. Jonathan Robert Earl is accused of abusing a small child and causing serious injuries in December. Officers described Earl as a 25-year-old white male who is 5-foot-8 weighing 210 pounds with blue eyes…

Voters shake up Board of Commissioners

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer There will be a swap of power on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners as a result of Tuesday’s primary election. Rich Permenter and Anita McCall, after narrow defeats two years ago, won two of the three Republican primary commission spots. Carrol Mitchem, a third-term commissioner,…

Lincoln County goes for Clinton, Trump

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Staff report Lincoln County voters on Tuesday selected Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump to advance to the presidential general election. Trump received 6,293 votes, Ted Cruz finished second at 5,003. John Kasich and Marco Rubio finished a distant third and fourth. Clinton received 2,812 votes to Bernie Sanders’…

Mundy House program focuses on Nixon family

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Descendants of a Lincoln County family were on hand at the Mundy House on Monday to provide in-depth knowledge of the Nixon family lineage. Monday’s monthly meeting was the first time interested parties could learn about the Nixon family. Pictures, artifacts and stories will be displayed…

Legendary doo-wop group The Diamonds playing LCCA

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A pop quartet whose claim to fame was 16 Billboard hits and 33 American Bandstand appearances will grace Lincoln County concertgoers with their classic songs Sunday at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. The Diamonds, who no longer feature any original members, are most well-known for…