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Deputies: Crouse man sexually assaulted five-year-old girl

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 31-year-old Crouse man sits under a $200,000 secured bond after Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies said they charged him Monday with sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl. Neely Marvin Bigham, of 240 Mel Lane, knew the child and assaulted her on more than one occasion from December through February, according to…

New Cherryville police chief starts job today

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Cherryville Police Department gains a new police chief today, five months after federal agents stormed the agency to arrest officers and other local men involved in a criminal scheme to safeguard stolen property traveling through the area on tractor trailers. According to various…

Local artists strut their stuff downtown

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Artists from Lincoln County and around the region converged on downtown on Friday to show off a wide range of work in the fourth annual Art Crawl. The artists’ work was displayed in 35 local businesses in the event sponsored by First Federal Savings Banks. The Art Crawl is a…

County considers grants for RATO

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Various grants and incentives for Denver Global Products, acquired by China-based RATO as a subsidiary last year, will receive the attention of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during tonight’s meeting. Following a public hearing to discuss the potential project, commissioners will consider N.C.…

Lincoln Charter students ASPIRE to higher scores

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A group of Lincoln Charter high school students met for a final session Friday after completing a 10-week program to help them better prepare for the ACT test. Taught by April Dillon, Cooperative Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development, and 4-H volunteer Kristi Johnsen,…

Reader’s Forum — 3-18-13

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Props for Post 30 I am Eric Robinson Lincoln County Veteran Service Officer and I would like to express through my county office my appreciation to American Legion Post 30 Lincolnton. Lincoln County WWII Appreciation Day being held April 6 at noon. I serve all veterans in Lincoln County but…

N.C. Sherriff’s Association seeks honorary members

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Local law enforcement officials are encouraging area residents to join the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association as Honorary Members and support safer community efforts. “(Membership) shows support from our citizens that they believe in our office and the hard work we are doing here in Lincoln County,”…

Health Matters: Colorectal cancer: Do you know the facts?

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DR. ALLISON PRINZ Guest columnist March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and with good reason: colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second most deadly type of cancer in the U.S., claiming the lives of more than 50,000 Americans a year. The good news? More than…

Visit to the graveside

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Criminal Charges — 3-18-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Christopher Clayton Culpepper, 17, of 6310 Burnhurst Ln. in Denver was charged March 14 with one count of failure to comply. A $200 cash bond was set. Robert Brandon Simons, 27, of 2950 Maiden Hwy. in Lincolnton was charged March 14…