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Bank employee arrested for fraud

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A former employee of Fifth Third Bank in Boger City has been arrested on fraud charges by Lincolnton Police officers. Jeffrey Dean Etchison, Jr., 33, of 113 West College Street, Apartment E in Stanley, was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation into a fraudulent withdrawal at…

Students rally around sick classmate

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Ending the 2013-2014 school year was supposed to be exciting. For most students, it was the beginning of summer and the eventual promise of being one year closer to graduation. For a rising junior at North Lincoln High School named Simon Oaida, the year ended with…

Man overcomes checkered past to open Do-Gooders

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Do-Gooders Pizza’s name is more than just a catchy phrase designed to draw customers into the new restaurant on Vandiver Drive in Lincolnton. It’s a reflection of the character of owner Billy Leonard and his path from a 10-month prison sentence to work with local charities…

Our View: Teachers are to thank for high productivity

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The progressive think tank Center for American Progress recently ranked Lincoln County Schools as one of the most productive districts in the state for the 2010-2011 school year — meaning that every dollar spent on education in the county had a high return on investment (ROI) in terms of academic…

DWI checkpoint nets 1 drunk driver, other charges

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer People going to and from Lincolnton via Highway 321 at Main Street noticed a large police presence on Aug. 28 as the Lincolnton Police Department set up checkpoints in order to curb drinking and driving. From 9 p.m.-1 a.m., the police department was stopping vehicles and…

Criminal Charges — 9-3-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: Bobby Joe Childs, 60, of 452 E Rhodes Street in Lincolnton was charged August 28 with one misdemeanor count indecent exposure. A $1000 secured bond was set. Oscar Melendez Duran, 42, of 410 West Sycamore Street in Lincolnton was charged August 28…

GOP announces ‘Take Back America’ effort

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Republican Party kicked off the “Take Back America” campaign on Monday. According to a press release from the party’s chairman, Jon Propst, the campaign is designed to “energize the Republican base” and encourage supporters to vote at the polls on Nov. 4. “November 4th is a…

Taxi service, North Generals Boulevard improvements on agenda for City Council

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A new taxi service may be in Lincolnton’s future. Lincolnton City Council members will hold a public hearing at their meeting Thursday night regarding a request for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to operate a taxi cab service. According to City Clerk Donna Flowers, the…

Around Town — 9-3-14

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WEDNESDAY King’s Kids New Grace Baptist Church in Iron Station will host Kings Kids on Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. Ages 6 through teens. Bible lessons, games, monthly awards. Curriculum and t-shirts provided. Divorce Care River View Baptist Church, 2230 Riverview Road in Lincolnton, is sponsoring a 13-week support group…

Obituaries — 9-3-14

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Robert Rector McGee Robert Rector McGee, 64, of Winston-Salem died on August 30, 2014, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. Robert was born on July 18, 1950, in Roanoke, Va., to the late Robert Lee McGee and Martha Rector McGee. He grew up in Roanoke and was a graduate…