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Around Town — 6-16-14

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MONDAY BBQ Benefit Iron Station Country Store, 4718 E. Highway 27 in Iron Station, is hosting a BBQ Pork and BBQ Chicken Benefit on June 21st, starting at 11 a.m. Event proceeds will go to help pay for a cancer patient’s medical expenses. They will deliver if five or more…

Obituaries — 6-16-14

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Julia Ella Mitchum Baxter Julia Ella Mitchum Baxter, 95, a 50 year resident of Reep Drive in Morganton, died Thursday, June 12, 2014. Born in Lincoln County on October 15, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Clemmie O. Mitchum and Kimmie Jane Weathers Mitchum. Julia worked in a…

Man charged for damaging patrol cars, spitting on deputy

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Staff report
 Davon Malcom Woodard probably woke up with a monster headache on Tuesday morning. The Lincolnton man, 21, is accused of damaging both the windshield of a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office patrol car and a wall at CMC-Lincoln with head-butts on Monday. Deputies said they were called to a…

Man indicted for sex crimes

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 26-year-old Lincolnton man was indicted by a grand jury this week for child sex crimes. Barry George Fredell, of 1260 Hulls Grove Church Road in Lincolnton, was indicted Tuesday on two felony counts of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old by a…

Deputies: Man posed as utility worker to steal from elderly woman

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said a man posed as a utility worker to gain access to a home on the county’s western end and stole a jewelry box. The victim, a 90-year-old woman, told deputies that a man came to the door of her home on the…

Board of Education votes to increase cost of school meals

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Starting this fall, public school students will be expected to pay a 10-cent increase for school lunches. Elementary school lunches will now cost $2.45 per student, while middle and high school students will pay $2.55 per lunch. The increase in school lunch fees is part of…

Choosing a financial planner

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MARTY REID Guest Columnist In developing your financial plan, a critical step is selecting an appropriate financial advisor. Generally speaking, financial services are provided by registered representatives, those who buy and sell securities through brokerage firms, agents who sell insurance products and individual practitioners who offer comprehensive financial planning. While…

Around Town — 6-13-14

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FRIDAY Singles group GRACE Singles will meet 7 p.m. in the dining room of the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church, 201 Robin Rd. in Lincolnton. Attendants are asked to bring “pick-up” foods. Musical group One Voice will perform. For more information, call (704) 735-0541. BBQ Benefit Iron Station…

County schools hold graduations for Class of 2014

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Three of Lincoln County’s four public high schools held graduation ceremonies on Thursday.…

Some local businesses reap windfall from Hog Happenin’

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Each year, Hog Happenin’ brings numerous barbeque and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country to Lincolnton. With the two-day event occupying multiple downtown roads, Main Street and Court Square businesses are faced with the dilemma of whether it is profitable for their business to remain open…