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Curtis backs bills to cancel I-77 toll contract

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When the North Carolina House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 81-27, to cancel the contract for the controversial Interstate 77 toll lanes project, opponents of the contract saw the vote as a solid victory as it moved to the Senate. Department of Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson has…

YMCA kicks off summer programs

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The YMCA of Greater Charlotte has officially begun its summer season of camps and programs for 2016. Both Lincoln County YMCA facilities kicked off their summer schedule on June 9. Sally’s YMCA in Denver and Lincolnton’s Lincoln County Family YMCA will continue the tradition of hosting…

National touring gospel group to appear locally

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Gospel Truth Trio will make an appearance at Leonard’s Fork Baptist Church in Lincolnton on June 26. The trio consists of Kelly Carter, Tiffanie Goodwin and Gilbert Haynes and together they produce their own brand of traditional southern gospel fare. Based out of Pacolet, South…

Woman arrested for break-in

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Staff report A Lincoln County woman has been charged with breaking into a Lincolnton home, stealing several items and pawning them at a local pawnshop. The victim in the case, who lives in the 1100 block of Highway 150 West, told the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that he believed he…

Around Town — 6-13-16

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TODAY Meeting The City of Cherryville will host at City Council meeting at 7 p.m. at the Cherryville Community Building located at 106 S. Jacon St. in Cherryville at 7 p.m. Meeting The Coalition of Churches will meet at Oakland Center (formerly Oakland School) at 7 p.m.  The public is…

Criminal Charges — 6-13-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Connell Jerome Forney Jr., 39, 0f 1011 Brown Ave. in Gastonia was charged on June 9 with one count of failure to appear. A $10,000 secured bond was set. Issac Reed Carder, 19, of 7280 Executive Cir. in Denver was charged…

Obituaries — 6-13-16

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  Edith Irene Burgess McCorkle Edith Irene Burgess McCorkle, age 96, of 2661 Union Church Road in Lincolnton, died on Saturday, June 11, 2016. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Union Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Saunders and Rev. Jeff Harris…

Downtown Lincolnton fixture ‘Kojak’ hospitalized

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A well-known local character recognized for making the rounds in downtown Lincolnton has been hospitalized. Kenneth ‘Kojak’ Hamright, who suffers from an unidentified mental illness, is currently hospitalized in Lincoln County after a series of struggles. Sources have said that after his mother died some years…

Woman charged with working at local plant under false identity

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman has been charged with identity theft after a woman in McAllen, Texas discovered that someone employed at RSI Home Furnishings in Lincolnton was allegedly using her name, date of birth and social security number for employment. Nohemi Jimenez filed a report with her local police…

Woman charged with making false fraud claim

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman has been charged with falsely claiming that her debit card had been stolen and receiving reimbursement from her bank. Lincolnton Police Department officers arrested Jerri Angela Rhyne Deal, 50, of 713 North Flint Street, on Saturday for one felony count of obtaining property by false…