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Local student becomes Eagle Scout

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer West Lincoln High School senior Dustin Hawn comes from a long line of Boy Scouts, influenced by the past examples of his father and grandfather. Following a November ceremony, the 17-year-old celebrated his Eagle Scout honor, nearly nine months after troop leaders approved his project idea…

Deputies shoot, injure suspect

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies shot and injured a 23-year-old Mecklenburg County man in eastern Lincoln County Thursday afternoon after the suspect, who tried to rob a local pharmacy earlier in the day, first fired two shots at officers, the Sheriff’s Office said. Tyler Cameron Kennedy, of 10515 Paces Avenue,…

Newly elected city officials sworn in

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council members honored their election winners — two incumbent council members and a newly elected councilman — during the swearing in ceremony at their meeting Thursday night. “I am looking forward to doing some great things with this council, things that will make Lincolnton…

Preparing to play a Christmas tune

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Man will not serve prison time for accidental deaths

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A judge deemed Thursday that an eastern Lincoln County man would not serve prison time in the April death of his daughter and nephew. Judge Ali Paksoy determined there was not enough probable cause to convict Jordan Keely Arwood, 32, of involuntary manslaughter. Arwood was charged…

Woman accused of stealing from Good Samaritan

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Denver woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in coins, cash and ammunition from a man she and her husband were staying with at the time, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Nadine Marie Gearhart, 38, of 2325 McCloud Street, stole at least $5,000…

Arts Council’s annual Festival of Trees set to begin

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Attendants at this year’s third annual Festival of Trees gala, sponsored by the Arts Council of Lincoln County, may be shocked to find themselves, family members or childhood friends covering the walls of the old Lincolnton hospital. A number of black and white photos depicting life…

Our View: Buying votes

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When a President sees his poll numbers slipping and his policies become so unpopular that they place members of his party in danger in other elections, he starts buying votes. That’s what President Obama was doing on Wednesday when he voiced his support for raising the minimum wage — he…

Criminal Charges — 12-6-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: David Alan Hopkins, 29, of 2852 Barrett Baxter Dr. in Newton was charged Dec. 2 with one count of probation violation. A $40,000 bond was set. Fitzgerald Kennedy Stevenson, 49, of 2948 Cross Roads Pl., 306, in Charlotte was served a…

County jobless rate dips

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer According to North Carolina’s Department of Commerce, Lincoln County is among 56 of North Carolina’s counties that have seen a drop in their not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates. As of October, the county’s unemployment rate currently stands at 7.6 percent, a decrease from September’s rating of…