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Obituaries — 2-27-13

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William ‘Smokey’ Furr William ‘Smokey’ Furr, 92, of Lincolnton passed away on February 20, 2013. He was a Navy Veteran, Country music singer, song writer, beloved father and grandfather. His favorite past times were gardening, playing his guitar and singing. He was loved by all who met him, a hard…

Suspect in string of pharmacy robberies arrested

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An eastern Lincoln County mother and daughter were arrested after Sheriff’s detectives said the mother robbed at least five pharmacies in three different counties, and her daughter, who was not involved in any of the incidents, happened to be in the same vehicle Monday night. Local…

Obituaries 2-25-13

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Edmond Samuel Phillips Edmond Samuel Phillips, age 54, of 1663 Roseland Drive in Lincolnton, died on Friday, February 22, 2013. His funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.…

Pro-gun group rallies in Cherryville

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Groups of people gathered in Cherryville over the weekend, saying they wanted to fight peaceably for their Second Amendment right to bear arms and voice their disapproval with what they perceive as a push for stricter federal gun laws, including a ban on…

School Board plans special called meeting

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  FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   Following last week’s sudden resignation of the Lincoln County Schools official in charge of facilities and construction, Darrell Gettys, the Board of Education is set to conduct a special called meeting on Tuesday. Announced late Friday, the meeting is schedule for 6 p.m. at…

Helping Hands answers prayers for soup kitchen facelift

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   For the last two years, Soup Kitchen Manager Jackie Casey has been praying for a chance to remodel the Christian Ministry eating facility. This month, her prayers were answered. Helping Hands, a local ministry started by Denver United Methodist Church but now comprised…

Iron Station suspect faces theft, drug charges

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies arrested an Iron Station man Thursday on multiple felony charges after they located a stolen four-wheeler and shotgun along with marijuana and drug paraphernalia at his residence, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Officers had gone to the home of Dustin Edward…

Our View: Don’t let predatory lenders back in N.C.

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Some lawmakers in Raleigh have been toying with the misguided idea of re-opening the gates of North Carolina to payday lenders. These predatory businesses suck meager funds out of working families and industrial communities, like those in Lincoln County, under the guise of helping those briefly down on their luck…

Criminal charges — 2-25-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Thomas Michael McKee, 18, of 785 Old Homestead Ln. in Denver was charged Feb. 21 with one count of failure to appear. A $2,000 secured bond was set. Caleb Matthew Hale, 16, of 6066 King Wilkinson Rd. in Denver was charged…

Around Town — 2-25-13

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MONDAY Blood drives Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host blood drives 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. at the Lincoln County YMCA, 1402 E. Gaston St. in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 972-4700. Basic Skills Orientation The Gaston College-Lincoln Campus will host a four-day Basic Skills New Student…