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Another suspect charged in armed robbery

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Staff report A Gastonia man is facing charges related to an armed robbery in Lincolnton in March. Benshown Theron Robertson, 21, of 1233 S. Marietta Street, is accused of participating in a robbery where he and two other suspects stole a pair of tennis shoes, cash and a watch from…

Man charged with Dunkin Donuts break-in

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Staff report A Statesville man was charged on Friday in connection with a January break-in at the Dunkin Donuts on Highway 16 Business in Denver. Detectives said deputies were dispatched to the break-in at around 2 a.m. on Jan. 25 and arrived to find a front window of the store…

Lincolnton holds Relay For Life

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The chill and overcast skies didn’t dampen the enthusiasm shared by cancer survivors, their families, caregivers and supporters at the Relay For Life event held in the Lincolnton High School stadium on Friday. After the welcome address, Lincolnton High School’s Junior ROTC presented the colors…

Seniors celebrated at Older Americans Month event

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County Senior Services celebrated Older Americans Month on Friday at Betty Ross Park in Lincolnton. When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Today, seniors…

New owner puts stamp on Bennett’s Iron Station Thunder

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Bennett Johnson opened Bennett’s Automotive Repair in Lincolnton in 2006 and, with the help of top-notch mechanic Clint Hudson, the shop has grown steadily over the past decade. Bennett is also the new owner of downtown Lincolnton motorcycle shop Iron Station Thunder, which he purchased in…

Lincolnton City Council approves downtown market, townhomes

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton councilmen unanimously approved two significant downtown projects during their regularly monthly meeting on Thursday evening. The first, a request from Piedmont Companies for the conditional use rezoning of approximately 0.93 acres, permits the construction of a townhome complex on the northwest corner of North…

Deputies: One dead after shootout

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Staff report A 51-year-old Gastonia man was killed in a shootout in Lincolnton on Saturday that investigators are calling a case of self-defense. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Marion Palmer Yarborough died Saturday afternoon at a home on Painter Lane northeast of Lincolnton. Deputies said Yarborough and another man…

Denver veteran, now a firefighter, to receive new home

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A Denver veteran and full-time firefighter with the Denver Fire Department, Robert “Robbie” James Jr., recently found out that he was the recipient of a new home in Denver built, in part by firefighters. A team of first responders from the Fire Department of New…

East Lincoln schools sweep literary competition awards

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The winning entries for the Arts Council of Lincoln County’s 34th annual Robinson-Lineberger Literary Competition represented a wide range of writing style and topics from Lincoln County Schools students. The elementary prose winner, Rock Springs Elementary student Emily Stanton, wrote a story entitled “Revenge of…

Lincoln County ‘Safe Kids’ festival scheduled for Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The first Safe Kids Child Safety Fair will be held on Saturday at the Lincoln County YMCA from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The fair was organized by the Safe Kids Lincoln County Coalition, an organization formed under Safe Kids North Carolina in December. Every year in…