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Criminal Charges 10-19-12

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Juan Antonio Martinez, 28, of 2337 Pineview Ln. Apt. A in Gastonia was charged Oct. 11 with first-degree sexual offense of a victim under 13. A $25,000 bond was set. Betty Jean Martin, 45, of 6466 Charleston Tr. in…

Annual Denver Art Trail slated for Saturday and Sunday

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   A trail winding around East Lincoln County, filled with jewelry, pottery, wood-turned works and other pieces by local artists, is back this weekend for its seventh year. Eight stops and 26 artists make up the Denver Art Trail this year, keeping patrons busy during…

Feds charge Cherryville cops with aiding ‘crooks’

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An undercover federal investigation is shaking up the Cherryville Police Department this week, amid claims that some police officers were operating on the wrong side of the law. Four law enforcement officers and two other men who are accused of  conspiring earlier this…

Mom, friend surrender hair to support chemo patient

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “There are no boundaries when it comes to a mother’s love,” Michelle Callands told the Times-News this week. Callands is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Her mother Annie Bryant shaved her head Thursday in support of her daughter. “I told her, ‘Mama, don’t…

Deputies: Man forged checks he stole from Vale eatery

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A western Lincoln County man allegedly stole multiple checks from the Vale restaurant where he worked, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies charged Michael Shane Perryman, 31, of 8555 Old N.C. 18 South in Vale on Tuesday with one felony count each of forgery of…

Fewer new E.coli cases late in week

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The rate of increase in E. coli infections among Lincoln County residents who attended the Cleveland County Fair appears to be slowing, rising slightly from 10 detected cases on Tuesday to 13 on Thursday. Earlier in the week, the number had almost doubled in…

Bank seeks more time on permit for condos

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The bank that now owns land once slated for a Lincolnton condominium complex is seeking a additional time on the conditional-use permit for the development, which was originally approved by the City Council in 2006. The Lincolnton Planning Board voted Tuesday afternoon to recommend…

Fall festival where the alpacas roam

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Iron Station ranchers, Mike and Shelly Walsh, are taking on a new fete this weekend, as they host their first fall festival. Good Karma Alpaca Ranch Fall Festival will feature local vendors and artists, full-face painting, pumpkin decorating and livestock, such as horses, llamas and…

City manager: Dispute over political sign only about the property line

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  FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   A Lincolnton couple is claiming a city official who happens to be their neighbor gave them a hard time this week over their choice of political signs, but others are saying that’s not what happened. That neighbor, City Manager Jeff Emory, told the Times-News…

Obits 10-19-12

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  Clyde Ernest Brown CHERRYVILLE — Clyde Ernest Brown, 92, of Hawthorne St., died from spinal cancer on October 15, 2012 at his daughter’s residence in Clearwater, Fla. Mr. Brown was born on July 24, 1920 in Lincoln County, son of the late George Monroe and Olive Senter Brown. In…