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DDA to determine future of face jugs

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Recent acts of vandalism have forced the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton into holding discussions regarding the future of the face jugs that line Main Street. “Pots on Parade” is a public art and tourism initiative organized and run by the Downtown Development Association and a…

Vale author releases her first published novel

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Local author Lisa Wright has always wished to share the depths of her imagination with the rest of the world. A lifetime obsession of deciphering clues to solve whodunit investigations has culminated with the nationwide release of her first published murder-mystery novel, “Past Secrets.” “I was…

Around Town — 8-17-16

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THURSDAY Meeting Lincoln County Senior Services, located at 514 S. Academy Street in Lincolnton, will host their monthly family caregiver support group at 3 p.m. Anyone who is caregiving or has been a caregiver is welcome to attend. For more information and to register, please call Becky at 704-736- 8410.…

Criminal Charges — 8-17-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Christopher Brian McGee, 37, of 839 South Ridge Av. in Concord was charged on August 12 with one count of failure to appear. A $2,000 secured bond was set. Kimberly Welch Carpenter, 43, of 3924 Puetts Chapel in Dallas was charged…

Around Town — 8-15-16

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Monday Meeting The Lincoln County Home Educators will meet at Pelican’s SnoBalls from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. 20% of group sales will support the LCHE. Ticket must be purchased in advance at picnic table or the Lincoln County Home Educators website. Seminar St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, located at 4051…

North Carolina celebrates 50th anniversary of district courts

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The District Court system of the North Carolina Judicial Branch is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016. The Bell Commission introduced the North Carolina District Court in 1966 and the system has now grown to hear more than 2 million cases each year. “These are important…

Lincolnton to add consultant/inspector position

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton officials will hire a part-time consultant/building inspector in response to requests from the public. According to City Manager Steve Zickefoose, the position will fill a void that many citizens have brought to the attention of the City Council. “This position will be able to offer…

Family atmosphere drives 45 years of Hecht Realty

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Since 1971, Hecht Realty of Denver/Lake Norman has found success and growth through a philosophy that owner Bob Hecht has cultivated within the heart of his business. “I don’t need to sit at the head of the table during a meeting,” Hecht said. “Every single person…

Police chase ends with shootout in Catawba Co.

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A suspect in a double shooting was shot several times on Wednesday when Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers said that they feared for their safety after a 40-mile car chase. Rodolfo Joel Ulloa-Paz, 29, was the passenger in a stolen truck who was shot by officers. Erik Lopez, 19,…

Helping Hands receives $1 million for new facility

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Helping Hands Health Center will soon undergo expansion, improving its facilities, staff and services to further accommodate the citizens of Lincoln County. The clinic, a satellite of Gaston Family Health Services, has been awarded the maximum amount of $1 million in federal funding to be put…