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Deputies uncover nearly 30 one-pot meth labs at Maiden home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Narcotics investigators are currently on scene at a meth lab bust in northern Lincoln County. James Christopher Coleman, 42, of Bob Cook Road in Maiden, is accused of possessing more than two dozen one-pot labs both inside his residence and in areas surrounding the property. Investigators responded to the home…

Police: Juveniles dropped candles, sparking mill fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police said three juveniles admitted to accidentally setting an abandoned Lincolnton mill on fire earlier this month. The individuals were initially fearful of talking to detectives about what had happened, an agency press release said. The juveniles, two of whom live in Catawba County and a…

Obituaries — 6-26-13

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Carolyn Schronce Smith Carolyn Schronce Smith, 72 of Vale, passed away Monday, June 24, 2013 at her residence. Born July 20, 1940 in Lincoln County to the late Jesse R. Scronce and Zora Lee Clark Schronce. Carolyn was a lifelong member of Reepsville Baptist Church, a Sunday school teacher, nursery…

Deputies: Former CMC-Lincoln nurse jailed on 28 felony counts for taking hospital drugs

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies charged a Gaston County woman with nearly 30 felonies Wednesday after the Sheriff’s Office said she stole narcotics from a Lincoln County hospital where she worked as a nurse. Jessica Ann Brooks, 31, of 804 Summey Farm Road in Dallas, was taken into custody at…

East Lincoln fish fry held June 20

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American Legion Legionnaire of the Year

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Reader’s Forum — 6-26-13

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Props for Little Women Kudos to the Lincoln Theater Guild for its lovely production of Little Women. The girls/women who played the four sisters did a wonderful job. I’m sure I read the book when I was a kid, but I don’t remember it. Now I want to read it…

Around Town — 6-26-13

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THURSDAY HIV testing The Lincoln County Health Department, 151 Sigmon Rd. in Lincolnton, will offer free HIV testing 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. For more information, call (704) 735-3001. “Alive After Five” The second “Alive After Five” summer concert will be 6-9 p.m. in front of the courthouse in downtown…

Criminal Charges — 6-26-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:  Melissa Hendrick, 45, of 1041 Alf Hoover Rd. in Vale was charged June 21 with two counts of worthless check. No bond was set. Chad Lee Bevis, 36, of 137 Old Crow’s Dr. in Gaffney, S.C., was charged June 21 with…

Former Cherryville police chief pleads guilty to embezzlement

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Cherryville Police Department’s former chief formally pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to stealing more than $11,000 in city funds, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s Western district. Between January 2007 and November 2008, Woodrow Paul Burgess, 60, of Cherryville, requested…