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Campers learn about harm of bullying

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Monday saw the summer campers at the YMCA celebrating Christmas in July, but with a very special message. In partnership with the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center, volunteers from First Federal Bank of Lincolnton and the United Way, the YMCA presented…

Worker charged with stealing from Wal-Mart

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Meghan Black Cook, 33, of 4138 H E Propst Road in Maiden, was charged on Monday with one count of felony embezzlement after Deputy K. Davis of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Wal-Mart on Highway 73 in Denver to investigate allegations of…

Obituaries — 07-30-14

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Rev. Fred Falls Jr. GASTONIA — Rev. Fred Falls Jr., 77, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 28, 2014. Born in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Fred Falls Sr. and Lula Martin Falls. Rev. Falls was a 1960 graduate of Pfeiffer University and Duke University Divinity…

Woman drowns in Lake Norman

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Staff report Rescuers recovered the body of a 36-year-old Lincolnton woman who drowned in Lake Norman at a Denver residence on Tuesday. The body of Elisabeth Anna Burford, 36, of 214 Rock Ola Lane in Lincolnton, was located at 6:40 p.m. by divers, several feet from the pier where she…

Deputies make two drug arrests

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators recently made two drug busts, and utilized surveillance and a national database that tracks methamphetamine precursors to take cocaine and methamphetamine off of Lincoln County streets. Deputies tracked Christopher Lee Sisk, 37, of 1119 Safeway Drive in Gastonia, on the…

Around Town — 07-30-14

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TODAY VBS Fairview Baptist Church in Lincolnton will host vacation bible school from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The theme is from Grumble to Humble and will run until August 2 will the Saturday session beginning at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call (980) 429-5630 VBS Saint James AME…

An unexpected birth

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Bob Lebrec said he used to be a fireman. He told me of a time the fire department was called to a woman’s home, and when they announced themselves and entered, they found the woman in the bathroom sitting on the commode. The woman told them…

Criminal Charges — 7-30-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: James Deane Turner II, 42, of 2461 Otis Dellinger Road in Lincolnton was charged July 25 with fifteen felony counts uttering forged instrument and one count misdemeanor failure to appear. A secured $12,500 bond was set. Hunter Thomas Hull,27, of 44585 Baldwin…

Our View — Let’s see what the Supreme Court says

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North Carolina’s constitutional same-sex marriage ban may soon be getting the Supreme-Court treatment. It’s about time. The Fourth Circuit federal appeals court, which covers North Carolina and several other East Coast states, struck down Virginia’s constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage on Monday, and set the stage for a potential Supreme…

Apple Queen crowned

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North Lincoln student Abby Jane Hord takes title ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County is celebrating the reign of a new Apple Queen. Abby Jane Hord, a rising senior at North Lincoln High School, was crowned Lincoln County Apple Queen, a title which holds a $3,000 scholarship to further her…