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Troopers: Hickory man overturns vehicle on U.S. 321 ramp in Lincolnton

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Catawba County man was rushed to an area hospital Thursday evening after his vehicle overturned on a ramp off U.S. 321 in Lincolnton. Troopers said Jesus Diaz Flores, 30, of Hickory, was taken by ambulance to Catawba Valley Medical Center after his Ford Explorer overturned…

East Lincoln Relay for Life begins Friday

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer For the second weekend this month, Lincoln County will celebrate Relay for Life. Starting 6 p.m. today, the county’s eastern end will cheer on cancer survivors and collect donations for American Cancer Society research, praying one day a cure might be found. “Cancer survivors bear the…

Caldwell County man indicted for sex offenses

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Caldwell County man was indicted this week on rape charges from a 2012 case involving a Lincoln County teen, deputies said. A grand jury returned a true bill of indictment Monday against Matthew Chad Beaver, 35, whose last known address was 2270 Perry Lane in…

Oakes, Hatley receive most votes in local elections

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Staff report Republican Board of Commissioners candidate Martin Oakes and incumbent Republican Clerk of Superior Court Fred Hatley led the field in their respective races in Tuesday’s primary election. Oakes finished with an unofficial tally of 2,495 votes, ahead of Bill Beam’s 2,222 votes and Anita McCall’s 2,091 votes. Barring…

Primary election held today

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Staff report Today is the last day Lincoln County residents will be able to cast their vote for the 2014 Primary Election. Polls opened this morning at 6:30 a.m. and will remain open until 7:30 p.m. According to Lincoln County Board of Elections Director Bradley Putnam, the early voter turnout…

Lincoln Cafe closed after fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton eatery will be closed through Tuesday following a small-scale fire at the business Sunday morning. According to Bryan Greene, owner of Lincoln Cafe and a former Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy, a fire started near one of the facility’s burners, damaging a wall. The restaurant,…

Sheriff’s Office: Three pipe bombs exploded in Iron Station neighborhood

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Deputies: Vale man illegally harbored $800 in prescription pills

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A western Lincoln County man accused of illegally possessing several hundred dollars’ worth of prescription pills this month is scheduled to make a first court appearance in the case today, according to deputies. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lieutenant, Tim Johnson, head of the Major Crimes Unit, initiated…

Sheriff’s Office: Lincolnton house guest confessed to sexually touching 7-year-old resident

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A man receiving housing assistance from a Lincoln County family was jailed Wednesday after confessing to deputies that he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old resident during his stay at the home. Clay Allen Rudisill, 51, was arrested around 5:30 p.m. after officers located him walking along Springs…

Deputies: Catawba County man caught with 2 lbs. of pot

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Narcotics Investigators said they stopped a vehicle carrying nearly two pounds of hydroponic marijuana on Tuesday on U.S. 321 South. While conducting drug interdiction work along the busy roadway, officers spotted the driver of a black Nissan Murano not wearing a seatbelt and initiated…