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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…

Rail Trail mural nears completion

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For a few months now, Tyler Hobson has toiled away at a mural overlooking the Marcia H. Cloninger Rail Trail in Lincolnton, painting away at a project that will showcase Lincoln County’s history. On Tuesday, Arts Council of Lincoln County Director Shelly Johnston said the painting…

Care packages give a troops a taste of home

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the Alpha 1st 113th Field Artillery Battalion troops, who have spent the last month serving overseas in Bahrain, a taste of home is on the way. Sebrena Pearson, the battalion’s family readiness group leader, helped mail out 20 care packages last week. On Tuesday, 80…

Parks and Rec flourishing for city

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The responsibilities for Lincolnton Parks and Recreation Director Richard Haynes are multifaceted. Haynes wears many hats and his duties may reach farther than the community as a whole realizes. Perhaps as much as any other department head within the city, his duties require a versatile hand,…

Deputies investigating break-ins

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating several break-ins of unlocked vehicles northeast of Lincolnton. Residents began reporting the break-ins over the weekend to vehicles parked at homes on Dove Tree Lane, Shady Brook Lane and Springs East Road. Items stolen in the break-ins include GPS units, tools…

Criminal Charges — 7-1-15

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Criminal charges for July 1, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Evan Lee Knowles, 18, of 6719 Lackey Rd. in Vale was charged June 26 with one count of second degree trespassing. A $6,000 secured bond was set. Caitlin Rhae Peeler, 24, of 6719 Lackey Rd.…

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…