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Retirement: It’s finally here

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist How many years do we say to ourselves “when I retire I’m going to…..”? My day has arrived and I’ve given a lot of thought to launching a career I’ve been skeptical to approach until now.  In my daydreams I’ve contemplated the many places I want…

Criminal Charges — 6-3-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Donna Whitener Brewer, 48, of 1407 Ivey Ch. Rd. in Lincolnton was charged May 28 with one count of driving while impaired. A $500 unsecured bond was set. Jimmy Eric Icard, 21, of 519 Buffalo Shoals Rd. in Lincolnton was charged…

Lincolnton student graduates from Davidson College

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A Lincolnton student at Davidson College, Ashton Ritter, was one of 447 seniors to graduate in Commencement exercises on May 19. Ritter is the daughter of  William and Lesa Ritter of North Oak Street, and is a graduate of Lincolnton High School. An English major at Davidson with an academic…

Obituaries — 6-3-13

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Lester Junior Burgess DENVER — Mr. Lester Junior Burgess, age 76, of 5154 Roy Ballard Street in Denver, died on Friday, May 31, 2013. His funeral service was held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Victory Baptist Church with Rev. Lonnie Ramsey and Rev. Macon Ballard officiating.…

Post 100, Cardinals fall on the road

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Cherryville falls to Gastonia in season opener Staff report The road was not kind to local American Legion baseball teams on Wednesday. Cherryville Post 100 lost its season opener to Gastonia Post 23 8-1 while the Lincoln County Cardinals of Denver Post 455 fell to Caldwell County 16-1 in Granite…

Young athletes win big

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Lincoln County won big at the Regional Hit, Pitch and Run competition held May 11 at the Hickory Crawdads’ L.P. Frans Stadium. Austin Goins came in second for the 11-12 age group. John Bean was first overall for the 11-12 age group. Gabe Duncan came in third in the 11-12…

Dakota Painter commits to Bluefield College

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Maiden High School senior Dakota Painter has committed to play college football with Bluefield College in Bluefield, Va. Painter earned a 3.2 GPA, and has been recognized as a member of the Varsity Blue while maintaining an honor roll status. He plans to pursue a degree in either education or…

Men accused of theft from murder scene

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two Shelby men have been charged with stealing a motorcycle from a Lincoln County murder site, the Sheriff’s Office said. The men told deputies just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday that they were at Rosehill Drive in Lincolnton to repossess a Harley Davidson owned by one of…

Fire damages DSS

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Part of a Lincoln County public building sustained fire damage Tuesday afternoon after police said someone set a homeless man’s cart on fire near the structure. The Department of Social Services building received about $20,000 in damage in the fiery incident, according to a police report.…

Teen gets two decades for attempted murder

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A second teen involved in a high-speed chase through Lincoln and two other counties this past fall is headed to state prison. Brandon Bridges, 19, of Little River, S.C., received five consecutive sentences Tuesday in a Gaston County Superior courtroom, the Clerk of Court’s Office said.…