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City manager named in sexual harassment complaint

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An employee of the City of Lincolnton has filed a grievance with the Charlotte office of the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), claiming sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and retaliation. The grievance was filed on July 8 by City Clerk Donna Flowers, who said in the…

Mission for Service: Group gives Christian Ministry a new look

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Mission Serve volunteers come to town to paint, serve meals ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The sun beat down on T.J. Gilmer on Monday, a Philadelphia Eagles cap shielding the rays but not preventing the heat from producing massive beads of sweat on the teenager gutting his way through the 90-degree…

Parishioners hope to save items in Unity chapel

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A district court judge placed a temporary restraining order on Denver’s Unity Presbyterian Church last week, prohibiting for the time being the place of worship from giving away items members of the congregation consider to be of historical and monetary value. Eight church members filed a…

Braves oust Post 100

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Gaston ends Cherryville’s season in Game 4 RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor CHERRYVILLE — Friday’s Game 4 between the Gaston Braves and Cherryville followed the same suit as the three before it: One team jumped out in front early, and the other team began its pursuit. But, for the first time…

LPD: Meth, heroin found during searches

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department arrested two men on felony drug charges on Friday after receiving tips that drugs were being sold at homes on Lithia Inn Road and South Poplar Street in the city. Officers said that, between Monday and Thursday, they observed “many known consumers of controlled…

Hatley wants to ‘represent this city’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As the first week of filings for Lincolnton’s Sept. 15 primary election came to a close on Friday, Lincoln County Board of Elections director Brad Putnam confirmed that Democrat Edward L. “Ed” Hatley was the only filing for the city’s mayoral seat. In fact, there has…

Young farmer finds his calling

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Just 12 years old, Josh Seagle already knows what he plans on being when he grows up. Now that school is out for the summer, the rising West Lincoln Middle School seventh grader is showcasing his farming skills weekly at the Lincoln County Farmers Market. There,…

Preservation vital to cultural heritage

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The process of preserving historic buildings in Lincoln County serves an indispensable role in understanding and protecting the areas cultural heritage. “Before the Laboratory Mill became what it is today, people repeatedly said that it can’t be done — and it happened,” said Jason Harpe, director…

Life and Limb: Amputees adapt to overcome losses

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Stanley business takes artificial limb process from start to finish PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A casual walk through the neighborhood with a dog on a leash is something therapeutic for some. A task as seemingly banal as putting a cup of coffee up to your mouth in the morning is…

Officers nab 2 men in child predator stings

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton Police Department detectives have arrested two individuals in separate child predator sting operations. The operations were internet-based and involved the use of social media and chat applications. John Randall Jones, 47, of Huntersville, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with soliciting a minor and appearing.…