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Schedules — 7/5/13

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American Legion baseball Cherryville hosts Huntersville at 7 p.m. today. Lincoln County travels to Henderson at 7 p.m. today.…

Local company to host classic car event

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A local business will be taking part in marking “Collector Car Appreciation Day 2013” a week from today, with the public invited to participate in celebrating the national event. Steele Rubber Products, a manufacturer of rubber parts and weatherstripping for classic cars, trucks and hot rods…

Criminal Charges — 7-5-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:  Terry Wilford Houser, 57, of 1817 Hines Cir. Rd. in Stanley was charged June 28 with one count each of simple assault, communicating threats, injury to real property and first-degree trespassing. No bond was set. Robert William St. Martin, 2, of…

Police drug roundup nets over 20 suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have apprehended more than 20 area drug suspects since initiating Operation “Independence Day” on Wednesday. A three-month undercover investigation targeted dealers accused of buying and selling marijuana and pharmaceuticals such as Hydrocodone, Xanax, Dilaudid, Oxycodone and Clonazepam. Undercover officers Sgt. Det. J. Munday and Det.…

Fire Department to help raise funds for Amity Lane washout

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local fire department plans to help an Iron Station neighborhood raise money to repair a road washed away in this month’s area flooding. Trinity Farms resident Debbie Whitley said Pumpkin Center Fire Department will host a food fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday and donate proceeds…

Lincoln County celebrates Independence Day

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Deputies locate one of two missing sisters

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies said they located one of two Lincoln County sisters who ran away from their residence earlier this month. A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer went to Carolinas Medical Center-Main on Wednesday and identified patient Aniya Symone Mickey-Weeks as one of the missing teens, the Sheriff’s Office said.…

County unemployment rate rises slightly

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County’s unemployment rate ticked back up for the month of May, rising to 9.5 percent from 8.7 percent a month earlier. Not alone, the county was one of 87 statewide to see similar increases, while 12 experienced decreases and one remained unchanged, according to new…

Obituaries — 7-5-13

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John Lewis Parker MAIDEN — Mr. John Lewis Parker, age 90, of 7045 Startown Road in Maiden, died on Thursday, July 4, 2013. His funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Cherryville with Rev. Jonathan Foster officiating. Burial will follow…

Obituaries — 7-3-13

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Clyde Reeves ‘Dick’ Anthony GASTONIA — Clyde Reeves “Dick” Anthony, age 98, passed away on June 30, 2013 at Terrace Ridge.  A native of Lincoln County, he was a son of the late Andrew and Hattie Anthony, husband of 73 years to the late Velma Blanche Freeman Anthony. Dick dedicated…