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Around Town — 10-31-14

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TODAY Fall Festival Antioch Baptist Church at 3413 Highway 150 in Lincolnton will have a fall festival from 6-8 p.m. with games, food and inflatables. Fall Family Fun Night Laboratory United Methodist Church at 2896 Laboratory Road in Lincolnton will host family fun night from 6-7:30 p.m. Free hot dog…

Lincolnton city manager elected to board of statewide municipal group

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Staff report The North Carolina League of Municipalities has elected Lincolnton City Manager Jeff Emory to serve on its board of directors. A membership association, the league represents more than 540 North Carolina cities. According to a press release, the league’s board of directors consists of North Carolina municipal officials…

Obituaries — 10-31-14

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Dale Eugene Mackie Dale Eugene Mackie, 68, of Claremont passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Sherrills Ford. Born July 14, 1946 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Paul Eugene and Virginia Ruth Matheson Mackie. Dale was a veteran of the…

GOP: Tillis coming to local rally

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Staff report The Lincoln County Republican Party announced on Thursday that U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis will be attending the party’s “Take Back America Rally” at North Lincoln High School on Saturday. “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to have as our special guest U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis,”…

Woman to host masquerade ball to benefit National Kidney Foundation

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A local woman is throwing a masquerade ball to give back to the National Kidney Foundation, for helping to save her life twice. Rachel Coleman, 25 years old and a graduate of West Lincoln High School, received her first kidney transplant when she was just 5…

Iron Station man sentenced to 4 years for Ponzi scheme

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Staff report A former Iron Station school teacher was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for stealing more than $1 million from investors. According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, David Wright, 54,…

Man charged for sex assault of teen

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies placed a Stanley man under arrest in connection with an alleged statutory rape that occurred on Friday. Joshua Keary Robinson, 18, of 1723 Forest Ridge Drive in Stanley, was charged with felony statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old by a…

Saine, McHenry endorsed by NC State Troopers Association

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Staff report The North Carolina State Troopers Association has endorsed state Rep. Jason Saine (R) and U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R) in its 2014 Voters Guide. “Over the past few weeks, the Troopers Association has received hundreds of emails, texts and phone calls in reference to the upcoming election,” an…

Our View: Give Sigmon a second look

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The Lincoln County Board of Education’s decision to now, after all these years, start scrutinizing a school’s pick for an athletic director appointment deserves scrutiny of its own. To call the decision, by three members of the board, to vote against the appointment of Lincolnton coach Cole Sigmon to the…

Reader’s Forum — 10-29-14

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Support for Miller for DA As a participant in the court system of Lincoln County, I can vouch for Mike Miller, candidate for the District Attorney’s race. I have worked with Mike for a number of years and know his conservative moral and political stand on the issues facing the…