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Former church leader takes plea deal over sex offense

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A former Cherryville church leader pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping Wednesday morning in a Lincoln County Superior courtroom, Clerk of Court officials said. Brandon James Carter of Lincolnton will spend 22 to 36 months behind bars for a sex-related incident involving a 13-year-old girl at a Lincoln County residence in…

Mustangs top Cherryville 88-57

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Staff report The East Lincoln Mustangs boys varsity basketball team made short work of the Cherryville Ironmen on Tuesday, taking an 88-57 win in Southern Piedmont Conference action. East Lincoln freshman Chazz Surratt scored a career-high 25 points. Junior Domonique Smith scored 15 points and senior Tyler Brock added 14…

Local water skiers place in Barefoot Challenge

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Local man places third in men’s division competition MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor Barefoot water skiers from across the region converged on Sherrills Ford on New Year’s Day for the 35th running of the Lake Norman Barefoot Challenge, including a Denver man and his two sons. Denver attorney Todd Wulfhorst first…

Results — 1/9/13

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Boys basketball North Lincoln beat Bessemer City 55-52 on Tuesday. Lake Norman Charter beat West Lincoln 72-31 on Tuesday. Lincoln Charter defeated Piedmont Charter 64-57 on Friday. Andrew Howard scored 16 points with 15 rebounds, six blocks and seven assists for Lincoln Charter. Miles Boone added 16 points and four…

Sports Briefs — 1/9/13

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Top Dawg Wrestling Top Dawg Wrestling will hold registrations for youth wrestlers for its upcoming season today at 5:30 p.m. in the old gym at West Lincoln High Schools. Registration costs $50. Buck Dellinger Tournament The 10th annual Buck Dellinger Memorial Basketball Tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at…

Moms seek more secure schools

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  FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   Fears that school violence could spread to Lincoln County motivated two local moms to appear Tuesday before the Board of Education, calling for measures to increase security. “Since Sandy Hook, we moms and dads feel like our schools are sitting ducks for the next…

Solar farm gets green light from county

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Strata Solar received unanimous support Monday night from both the Lincoln County Planning Board and Board of Commissioners to move forward with plans for a solar facility in western Lincoln County. Several representatives of the company, the largest solar-farm developer in the state, were…

Conversation with a crash survivor

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Kayla Glenn was headed home this past fall from her shift at the Wal-Mart store in Hickory when a driver, who troopers said had been drinking and playing with her phone, crossed into Kayla’s lane and struck her vehicle, severely injuring the 21-year-old Lincolnton…

Former church leader due in court for sex offense

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton man and former music director at a Cherryville church will appear in a Lincoln County Superior courtroom today on accusations he was involved in a sex-related incident with a teen girl nearly a decade ago. Brandon James Carter, 33, of 4294 Royal…

Convicted sex offender charged for changing residence

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A convicted sex offender has been charged for failing to register his address with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies charged Kenneth Lee Rinck, Sr., with one felony count of failure to notify a change of address of a sex offender and placed behind…