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Rape trial to begin Tuesday

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The trial for an Iron Station man accused of raping a teen in the county nearly four years ago is set to start Tuesday. A 12-member jury, including two alternate jurors, was chosen Monday for the Superior Court case. Defendant James Fred Reeves Jr., 39, has…

Deputies: Heroin suspect recently accused of three break-ins, theft

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 21-year-old man is accused of breaking into three different locations last month in Iron Station, deputies said. Jordan Ray Vanzandt, of 5693 Nora Drive in Iron Station, broke into a storage garage and unoccupied residence on Dec. 24, taking metal parts, copper tubing, a box…

Denver library closed following broken pipes, boiler

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An eastern Lincoln County library is in need of repairs after pipes burst and a boiler broke this week as a result of cold temperatures, county officials said. The Florence S. Shanklin Library, located on Fairfield Forest Road in Denver, will be closed until 10 a.m.…

Lincoln County Schools on 3-hour delay Tuesday and Wednesday

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LTN Staff Report Lincoln County students will operate on a three-hour delay twice this week due to threats of frigid temperatures. Each school will follow the delay on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Unseasonably cold weather, set to break records, forecasters have said, will affect the entire state, bringing snow to…

Deputies: Homemade New Year’s cannon explodes, severely injures Lincolnton man

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man’s homemade cannon exploded in his face during a New Year’s celebration, sending him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Timothy Crouse Hester was with family and friends around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday when the black-powdered device went off,…

Caroling group shares old tunes

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The Olde Towne Carolers of Lincolnton sing at the Arts Council of Lincoln County’s Festival of Trees. Pictured are (from left) Charles Holland, Sandy Eldridge, Diana Bayne and Michael Wright. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Timeless holiday tunes. Classic look. Sharing the heart of Christmas. That’s the three-fold purpose of newly…

Paralyzed firefighter’s condition improving

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Adam Dancoff, with Lydia Boyles and his father, John Dancoff, during a therapy session at Phoenix Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in Denver. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Nearly a year and a half after a Lincolnton firefighter dove into Lake Norman and became paralyzed from the waist down, doctors are…

Saine: State’s tier system for economic incentives is shorting Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer According to the North Carolina Commerce Department’s 2014 County Development Tier Designation Report, Lincoln County is now among the 20 most prosperous counties in the state. The state divided its 100 counties into three development tiers, with Tier 3 being the best and Tier 1 the…

Band with small-town roots finds big success

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer It seems national and international success came overnight for alternative rock band Another Lost Year, whose lead singer and other group members come from Lincoln County and the surrounding region. The musical quintet hasn’t been home in over a year, stopping in town earlier this month…

Men accused of stealing from local business

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two out-of-county men have been charged with breaking into a Lincolnton business this month and stealing copper wire, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrested Christopher Alan Townsend, 32, of 5225 Wolfe Road in Hickory, on Monday. Townsend, owner of Auto Diesel Performance in Granite…