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Criminal Charges

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Trace Paul Childers, 33, of 797 Monterey Dr. in Iron Station was charged Feb. 3 with one count of failure to appear. A $1,500 secured bond was set. Aaron Burl Barkley, 34, of 2457 Shady Pine Ln. in Lincolnton was charged…

Lincoln deputies catch Wal-Mart robbery suspect

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Newton man accused of his involvement in a common-law robbery last month at a Gaston County Wal-Mart was apprehended Tuesday during a traffic stop in Lincoln County. Cherryville police said Dana Nile Johnson, 45, knocked an elderly man to the ground while in line at…

Have your children screened early and regularly

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AMY WADSWORTH Guest Columnist In Gaston and Lincoln counties the Assuring Better Child Health & Development (ABCD) Program advocates for children birth-5 years old to receive developmental and behavioral screenings at their well child check-ups. The ABCD Program operates with a Smart Start grant from the Partnership for Children of…

City approves sidewalk alcohol ordinance

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton City Council members unanimously approved the modification of an ordinance to allow a local winery to serve alcohol on its sidewalk café at their meeting Thursday night. According to Business and Community Development Director Brad Guth, the proposed ordinance change would allow only Southern Charm…

Local officials receive Main Street Awards

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Community advocates for local businesses and downtown revitalization efforts in Lincolnton were honored with 2013 North Carolina Main Street Awards. The program serves to help small towns preserve their history and utilize local resources to create vibrant central business districts. Director of Business and Community Development…

Suspect leads cops on chase

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies said a Maiden man accused of methamphetamine possession led them on a foot chase through the woods after crashing a stolen vehicle into a tree Tuesday evening in Denver. Deputies stopped Trent Brandon Carpenter’s vehicle around 7 p.m. on Eastwind Cove after noticing he had…

Students make valentines for veterans

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Veterans being treated at hospitals in Hickory, Charlotte and Salisbury will receive valentines from Lincoln and Gaston college and Early College High School (ECHS) students this month. The “Valentines for Vets” project, initiated by Gaston College’s Student Government Association (SGA), began Monday as school officials bounced…

Trio charged with Vale store break-in

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Three out-of-county men, including one teen, have been charged with breaking into a convenience store on the county’s western end last month, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the suspects worked together to steal knives, cigarettes, rolling paper, lighters, tobacco pipes and other…

The end of an era

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Cooperative Extension marks 100 years

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