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Those who serve deserve recognition

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Memo to all law enforcement officers and firemen: I heard that you had a party with a romantic theme, classy decorations, delicious food, good company and entertainment to set the mood for a memorable evening. Your host, Rev. Nathan Grooms said it was a very successful…

Criminal Charges

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Kimberly Spring Brittain, 21, of 409 Tot Dellinger Rd. in Cherryville was charged April 27 with one count each of trafficking heroin, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent…

Second-graders enjoy Adopt-a-Cop

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Hundreds of eager second graders bounced from one educational booth to another at Wednesday’s 22nd Annual Adopt-A-Cop picnic at Betty Ross Park in Lincolnton, learning about safety topics from police, firefighters and additional first-responders throughout the region. During the school year, local law enforcement officers…

City Council nixes bar permit request

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council said no to a proposed bar in downtown after hearing from several speakers on both sides of the issue Thursday night. The decision to turn down the conditional-use permit request came in a split vote, with council member Dr. John…

County unemployment rate dropped in March

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County, along with 98 others, saw a decrease in its unemployment rate in March, according to new figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Wednesday. From February to March, Lincoln County’s unemployment rate dropped almost a whole percentage point from…

Man charged with sex crimes

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Gaston County man is accused of engaging in sexual activity with a teen girl last year in Lincoln County, deputies said. Jeffrey Scott Callahan, 47, of the 200 block of Creekside Court in Bessemer City, is behind Gaston County bars under a $900,000…

Apple Fest t-shirt design winner picked

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Apple Festival may be months away, but preparations are already beginning, with a winner for the annual event’s T-shirt design contest announced this week. Halee Good, a 23-year-old graphic designer, has been selected by the Apple Festival Board for her entry into…

Obituaries 5-3-13

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  John L. Setzer Jr. John Louie Setzer Jr., 88, of Newton died May 1, 2013. A funeral service will be held today at 3 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Newton. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery, Newton. The family will receive friends today from 1 p.m. until 2:45 p.m.…

Locals gather for Day of Prayer

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Locals gathered at the Lincoln County courthouse Thursday morning to pray for their community and country as part of National Day of Prayer. “I’m not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ,” Lincolnton resident Paula McSwain said after gathering for several minutes with the group in a…

Ugandan youth choir makes local stop

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A youth choir of Ugandan orphans called Ugandan Thunder will be performing a special concert Sunday at Salem Baptist Church in Lincoln County as part of the group’s nearly year-long, nationwide tour. According to Lincolnton native and 2004 East Lincoln High School graduate Michelle…