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Heroin suspect charged with breaking into buildings in own neighborhood

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 21-year-old man is accused of breaking into three different locations last month in Iron Station, deputies said. Jordan Ray Vanzandt, of 5693 Nora Drive in Iron Station, broke into a storage garage and unoccupied residence on Dec. 24, taking metal parts, copper tubing, a box…

Man captures back-to-back wins at photo competition

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Woman starts pageant, scholarship in memory of departed daughter

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Shakia Newman remembered for loving, caring spirit JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer One local mother is planning to host a community beauty pageant this month to raise scholarship money in memory of her daughter. For the last six months, Lincolnton resident Barbara Smith has been organizing the event — named “Big…

Rock Springs Park nearing completion, March opening, in eastern Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County residents should be looking forward to a new park opening this spring. According to Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Director Erma Deen Hoyle, Rock Springs Park will be the seventh addition to the park system in Lincoln County. Hoyle said the idea for developing…

Board of Education meeting set for Tuesday

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Education will reunite Tuesday evening for their first meeting of the new year. East Lincoln High School’s 2A Girls Cross Country Champions will receive special recognition that night, along with recipients of the National Board Certification Program and North Lincoln High School Director of…

Commissioners to decide rezoning requests

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer County commissioners will determine the fate of several zoning permit requests at their meeting tonight. At the Jan. 6 meeting, officials listened to three rezoning and conditional use permit requests, one of which was fairly controversial. Last week, neighboring residents shared mixed feelings about applicant American…

Criminal Charges — 1-13-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Eric Hailey Payne, 45, of 182 Canal St. in Belmont was charged Jan. 9 with one count each of no financial responsibility, driving while license revoked, open container-prohibited and displaying an expired registration plate. No bond was set. Jordan Ray Vanzandt,…

Grabbing some chicken pie for a cause

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St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Lincolnton holds a chicken pie supper five times per year to raise money for their Family Life Center.…

Around Town — 1-13-14

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TODAY Scholarship applications Gaston College students may now apply for scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. Awards range from $250 to more than $2,500. To apply by Feb. 17, visit gaston.edu. For more information, call (704) 922-6228 or (704) 922-6312. College orientation Gaston College will hold a four-day Basic Skills…

Upcoming Extension Events — 1-13-14

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ECA Celebrates National Pie Day National Pie Day will be celebrated by members of the Extension and Community Association (ECA) on Thursday, Jan. 23 beginning at noon at the James Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. ECA members bake more than 30 different pies each year and offer taste samplings to…