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Denver firefighter indicted for sex crime

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A grand jury indicted a former Lincoln County firefighter Friday on sex-related charges involving a child, the Clerk of Court’s Office said. Landon Kirk McMahon, 21, of Catawba Burris Road in Denver, is accused of inappropriately touched a 12-year-old family friend in early 2012. Denver…

Man dies in motorcycle wreck

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Catawba County man lost his life Tuesday morning after his motorcycle collided with a flat-bed commercial truck in northeastern Lincoln County, the same area where a West Lincoln High School student died in a wreck nearly a year ago, troopers said. The incident…

Calendar — 8/28/13

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Upcoming games Note: Junior varsity start time for volleyball is typically 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. for boys soccer. Varsity contests will follow JVs, unless otherwise noted. Today Volleyball N. Gaston at Lincolnton W. Lincoln at N. Lincoln Boys soccer E. Lincoln at Hunter Huss N. Lincoln at Bandys Girls…

Star Struck competes in Fla.

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Lincolnton’s Pizza Hotline to close Saturday

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A much-beloved and longtime staple of the Lincolnton restaurant scene is soon closing. Pizza Hotline, owned by Roger Melson, will shut its doors Saturday after a couple of decades serving local residents. “I really have enjoyed this,” Melson said of his time running the…

Networking luncheon

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Taking advantage of dry weather

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American Heritage Girls offers faith-focused group for young women

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “There is a need in today’s society for girls to know the love of Christ, the joy of lasting friendships and the fun of wholesome experiences,” county resident Melissa Gemes said. Gainsville Baptist Church soon will be the host facility for a nonprofit organization, similar to…

Cocaine and cash seized in western Lincoln County raid

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Narcotics investigators seized nearly a quarter ounce of cocaine Friday from a western Lincoln County man’s residence following a six-month long investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said. Rafael Juaves Martinez, 50, of 4315 Baxter Road in Cherryville, was charged in the incident. Deputies searched the man’s house…

Thieves hit eastern Lincoln County church

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Thieves targeted an eastern Lincoln County church over the weekend, taking two large food appliances from the facility, deputies said. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is looking into the incident, which they said took place sometime between Saturday and Sunday at Holy Spirit Catholic…