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Deputies: Man stole car with child inside

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Staff report A 3-year-old child is safe after a vehicle he was left in was stolen by a Gastonia man from a convenience store parking lot near High Shoals. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said the incident occurred at Will’s Food Store in High Shoals at around 9:45 a.m. Saturday.…

Curtis, Saine discuss recent controversy at General Assembly

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina General Assembly has been thrust into the national spotlight following a special session called to introduce two bills aimed at limiting the power of governor-elect Roy Cooper, a Democrat. The first, Senate Bill 4, was signed into law by outgoing Republican Gov. Pat…

Arrests made in Lincolnton church break-ins

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Staff report Four people have been charged in connection with several recent break-ins at Lincoln County churches. Detectives filed charges on Friday for break-ins at Howard’s Creek Baptist Church, Long Shoals Wesleyan Chuch and Trinity Second Chance Church. Jesse Lee Lankford, 18, of Charleston Trail in Cherryville, was charged with…

More Citizens Center repairs on county agenda

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will convene tonight for their final regular meeting of 2016. The leading item on the agenda calls for commissioner approval of a change order issued by Strickland Waterproofing for additional repairs to be made to the James W. Warren Citizens…

West Lincoln Middle students get creative with gingerbread contest

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincolnton-area grocery store managers are probably wondering why there was a recent run on graham crackers. It was due, at least in part, to a gingerbread house building competition sponsored by the West Lincoln Middle School Media Center. Each of the four creations that were…

The Cockman Family performing with Lowesville Gospel Concerts

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Cockman Family will perform a Christmas concert on Saturday at 6 p.m. as part of the Lowesville Gospel Concerts series. There’s an adage that says that the family that plays together stays together, and this seems to be the case with the Cockman family.…

Innovative Pest Management owners honored by chamber

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer For the first time ever, the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce delivered its annual Small Business Person of the Year award to not one, but two individuals. The 2016 recipients, Ronnie and Rhonda Caldwell, are the owners of Innovative Pest Management in Denver. The two have…

Camp LUCK gives kids the gift of summer camp

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Summer camp is something that many children look forward to every year, but some are unable to experience the joys of camp due to medical conditions or disabilities. Wade Jackson, a Lincolnton resident, recently won the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award for his…

Six charged with felonies for meth, 2 wanted

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Staff report Six people have been charged with felony drug crimes by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Two of the suspects are still at-large. Deputies said the charges, filed on Wednesday, are the result of undercover investigations into methamphetamine sales. Deputies said many of the suspects are repeat offenders who…

Woman charged with having drugs in jail

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Staff report A Gaston County woman has been charged with possessing drugs in the Lincoln County jail. Lincolnton Police Department officers arrested Brittany Marie Palmer, 28, of 803 East Davidson Ave., Apt. 5, in Gastonia, on Wednesday for an outstanding Gaston County warrant following a car accident on North Generals…