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Sheriff’s Office to buy bulletproof vests with drug money

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will purchase brand new bulletproof vests for deputies with money seized from drug dealers throughout the past six years. “Currently, the vests that we wear are not protected against high-powered rifle projectiles,” Sheriff David Carpenter said. “These new vests actually will…

Man shot during card game

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Staff report A man was shot during a card game in Lincolnton early Saturday morning. Deputies said a 43-year-old Lincolnton man was grazed by a bullet on the forehead and was treated at CHS-Lincolnton. Deputies were dispatched to a mobile home on Gladden Drive at around 2 a.m. after a…

Men face felony charges for painkillers

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Staff report Two Lincolnton men have been arrested on felony drug charges after deputies seized a trafficking amount of opioid pain pills during a surveillance operation on Tuesday. Detectives said they were conducting a surveillance operation at a business on Gastonia Highway south of Lincolnton when they saw what appeared…

More than $6k raised for Lincolnton splash park

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton Parks and Recreation director Richie Haynes has spearheaded a fundraising effort for First Federal Park that has seen sponsorships and contributions reach a total of more than $6,000. “I’ve been very pleased with the support of our local businesses and our citizens,” Haynes said. “This…

United Way ‘Day of Action’ at Asbury Academy

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The United Way of Lincoln County will hold its annual “Day of Action” on Aug. 18 at the old Asbury School building in Lincolnton. Last week, the Lincoln County Board of Education agreed to a proposal made by Asbury United Methodist Church and the United Way…

Man arrested in Cat Square restaurant break-in

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Staff report A second person charged in connection with the June 25 break-in at the Cat Square Family Restaurant in Vale was arrested Tuesday in Lincolnton. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Matt Burgess received information that the suspect, Edward Roger McCraw, 25, of Millers Park Lane in Vale, was staying…

Deputies: Man shot at sister

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with shooting at his sister with a handgun on Wednesday. Brian Wayne Rhyne, 45, of 1751 Maple Lane, is accused of shooting at his sister with a handgun during an argument. Deputies responded to a suspicious circumstances call in the 1700 block…

BBQ King, Homesteads honor law enforcement with free meal

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Two Lincoln County restaurants have honored area law enforcement officers with free meals as a way of thanking them for their service to the community. “That came from our owner (Byron Sackett),” Homesteads Grill and Taphouse Lincolnton manager Bob Henion said. “We discussed it at a…

Local man remembered for love of God, family and bluegrass

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer This Saturday marks the second annual Don Goodson family memorial concert to be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center. The event is sponsored by Goodson’s family, with the intention of exemplifying his love of God, family and bluegrass music. “He was just such a fun-loving person…

Firefighter admits to stealing from charity, church

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A former firefighter has admitted to stealing money from a charity for burned children and his church. Bill Fortenberry, the former assistant chief at the Lincolnton Fire Department, pleaded guilty to nine counts of embezzlement related to money he stole from the charity and his church…