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City fireworks show goes off without a hitch

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In the days leading up to Saturday’s July 4th fireworks show, Jeff Emory showed more than a minimal interest in what Mother Nature had in store. Lincolnton’s city manager, well aware of the fact Lincolnton’s $10,000 fireworks vendor contract doesn’t come with a rain date, was…

Deputies: Man had 3 pounds of pot

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with possessing nearly three pounds of marijuana after an anonymous tip to law enforcement led to a search of his home. Terrell Richard Sweet, 45, of 225 Bynum Road, was arrested of Tuesday when Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators followed up…

Lincolnton woman travels globe with prized pooches

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Laura Moretz competes for Purina team   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer If you had told Laura Moretz that after she graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology that she would be traveling the globe as an award winning dog trainer and performer 20 years later, she…

Lincoln County Schools could stop offering driver’s ed in August

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Facing uncertainty on what the state’s budget will ultimately look like, members of the Lincoln County Board of Education confirmed this week that the county could potentially join several others in suspending its driver’s education program in August. The program could be restored if the…

Salem Industries celebrates clients’ own independence

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The 58 workers who comprise Salem Industries’ workforce couldn’t fight back smiles during an Independence Day celebration on Thursday. The luncheon, put on by the United Way of Lincoln County, featured a live DJ and dance party. Salem Industries helps intellectually challenged “consumers” with employment tasks…

McHenry: Fast track will keep executive honest

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer President Barack Obama signed into law the Trade Promotion Authority bill on Monday, activating legislation that’ll change the way Congress handles trade deals. TPA, commonly referred to as “Fast Track,” allows Congress an up or down vote on any trade deal. No amendments can be tacked…

Martial arts master faces another fight

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The accolades and achievements Maurice Moore has accrued through decades of perfecting a difficult-to-perfect craft haven’t come free. The costs are significant, and they’re costs that Moore must now face. Moore, an internationally known boxing and karate instructor, can remember being inducted into the World Karate…

Deputies: Man stole from dad

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies have charged a Denver man with stealing from his father’s home and breaking into a truck and stealing more than $600 worth of property. Matthew Allen Hartley, 21, of the 3700 block of Henderson Street, has been charged with one felony count each…

City readying Independence Day celebration

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As cities and towns across the country celebrate the 239th Independence Day, Lincolnton will be no different, as children’s activities, a patriotic parade and fireworks will be in store for community consumption. “I believe that the fact that Independence Day falls on a Saturday, we can…

Eccentric collection tells stories of city, county

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For one Lincolnton resident, collecting items of historical significance, personal value or for sentimental reasons drives his passion for the past and his vision for how he can creatively display the items in his business for his customers and members of the community to enjoy. “It…