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Sheriff’s Office seeking public’s help to locate missing woman

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing woman. Toasha Nicole Rice, 27, of 6887 Lackey Road in Vale was last seen on May 26 by relatives when she left her residence with another white female in a black, four-door car, according…

Suspect charged for fatal hit-and-run

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Just one day after troopers made a break in a fatal hit-and-run investigation in Lincoln County, an arrest has been made. Travis Kirk Fitzpatrick, 33, of Catawba, was charged Saturday morning after troopers said they received an anonymous tip. He’s accused of striking Sherry Kittle, 53,…

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Troopers said they are searching for a person believed to have struck and killed a Lincolnton woman Wednesday night in a hit-and-run. The incident happened around 8:45 p.m. on Maiden Highway at Summerow Road in Lincolnton, according to Trooper C. Casey with the North Carolina State…

County experiences three-hour 911 outage

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Staff report Lincoln County’s 911 system struggled with a sporadic three-hour outage early Wednesday morning. According to a press release from assistant county manager Martha Lide, the 911 telecommunications personnel first experienced problems with the system at 5:45 a.m., when all incoming 911-phone lines rang simultaneously. Upon answering these calls,…

2 men charged for thefts, deputies seeking 4 at-large suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Following almost a year of unsolved residential break-ins across western Lincoln County, deputies have finally made arrests in the incidents. Deputies have apprehended two western Lincoln County men but are looking for four other individuals, including at least one teen, connected to the break-ins, according to…

Preacher sentenced for stalking

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local preacher was sentenced Monday in a Lincoln County courtroom after a district court judge found him guilty of stalking a relative earlier this year. Alan Hoyle, 53, of Lincolnton, was arrested on the misdemeanor stalking charge on April 1, according to the Lincoln County…

City, county to hold budget work sessions

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Staff report Government budget season is in full force this week, with both city and county officials holding budget workshops. Lincolnton’s City Council will hold its second budget workshop today at 6 p.m. at City Hall. According to City Clerk Donna Flowers, the purpose of the meeting is to continue…

Business and Community Development director Brad Guth resigns

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Staff report After almost 16 years as Lincolnton’s Business and Community Development Director, Brad Guth has decided to resign. According to City Manager Jeff Emory, Guth submitted his resignation on Friday. Emory was unable to elaborate on the reasons for the letter of resignation. “I want to thank Brad for…

School Board to hear Asbury update

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education will recognize several outstanding citizens during its meeting Tuesday night. The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District has chosen Jeff and Alvin Carpenter as the 2014 Conservation Farm Family this year. According to the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water…

Vale woman charged with theft of saddles from church

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office charged a Vale woman on Saturday with stealing saddles from Cross Creek Cowboy Church in January. Sylvia Juanita Minteer, 43, of 3627 Bridle Path Drive in Vale was charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny…