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Officials suspect house fire was arson

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police believe an arsonist is to blame for a blaze that consumed a Lincolnton residence early Sunday morning while residents were out of town. Police issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, calling the incident suspicious in nature, particularly after area residents told officers they spotted a…

Assault victim speaks out

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton resident Jesse Mace said he and his family will never forget an incident from earlier this month in which a father and son allegedly beat him with cement blocks. Deputies have charged Esteban Cavillo Pascual, 46, and his son Esteban Calvillo Estrada in the incident,…

Lincolnton attorney to chair Golden LEAF Board of Directors

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton attorney Johnathan L. Rhyne, Jr. has been elected to serve a two-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Golden LEAF Foundation. According to their website, the Golden LEAF’s mission is “to promote the social welfare of North Carolina’s citizens and to…

Christian Ministry Christmas Fund lagging behind past years

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While a total of 15 Lincoln County schools participated in the school system’s annual canned food fundraiser for Christian Ministry this season, donating more than 20,000 items, organization officials said the nonprofit remains thousands of dollars behind compared to the Christmas Fund total this time last…

Reader’s Forum

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Thanks for help during Christmas parade  The leaders and children from Southside Baptist Church would like to thank everyone that assisted us when our van would not start at the Christmas Parade on Sunday. So many people came quickly to assist us. The children as well as the adults that…

Editor’s Note — A hard road to travel for commissioners

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I wouldn’t want to be a Lincoln County commissioner right now. The board will eventually have to vote whether to approve a very contentious 36-acre solar-panel farm on Webbs Road in Denver that has pitted supporters of the farm against residents of SailView, an upscale neighborhood…

County park to feature navigation course

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The western end of the county will soon boast a land navigation course thanks to a recent collaboration among Lincoln County’s Special Operation Land Search Team, local Boy Scouts troop leaders and county fire departments. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Trent Carpenter, a liaison/coordinator between the team…

McHenry nominates students to service academies

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Staff report Three Lincoln and Catawba County students have been nominated to attend one of the country’s military service academies by Congressman Patrick McHenry. Last week, McHenry announced the 10 young men and women selected from the state’s 10th Congressional District. Each student applied through McHenry’s office and was interviewed…

School Board will seek design plans for Asbury

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Staff report Members of Lincoln County’s Board of Education made progress toward the construction a new facility for Asbury Alternative School Tuesday night. During their meeting, board members approved the decision to begin soliciting qualifications for Design-Build firms. They hope that by using the design-build process, they will be able…

Criminal Charges 12-11-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:  Tyler Cameron Kennedy, 23, of 10515 Paces Ave., Apt. 1826, in Matthews was charged Dec. 6 with one count of attempted murder. A $500,000 secured bond was set. Joshua James Powell, 36, of 1581 Ivey Ch. Rd. in Maiden was charged…