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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.…

Woman charged for meth

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Sheriff’s Office said a deputy stopped a vehicle carrying methamphetamine Thursday morning along U.S. 321. Officers charged the driver, Paula Shrewsbury Rudisill, 42, of 4197 Kent Street in Maiden, with multiple drug charges. According to a report, Deputy J. Robbins stopped her vehicle around 2:15…

NC Senate gets an ‘F’ from local teachers

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor A group of teachers at Lincolnton High School have given a failing grade to the North Carolina Senate for its budget proposal. The teachers gathered for a photograph while holding pieces of paper with a large “F” printed on them on Wednesday as part of the…

Lincolnton Comes Alive

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Turner named ‘First-Responder of the Year’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services recently named local volunteer firefighter Mark Turner the county’s 2013 First-Responder of the Year. The annual award, which wasn’t handed out last year due to the lack of an EMS luncheon, honors one local first responder, both nominated and voted on…

Around Town — 5-31-13

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TODAY NAACP raffle Purchase raffle tickets now to win an autographed helmet from Carolina Panther’s player Luke Kuechly. The raffle is sponsored by the Lincoln County Branch of the NAACP. Cost is $5 per ticket. Tickets are available at the Lincoln Cultural Center and Ebony & White’s Funeral Home, both…

Pinning ceremony honors Gaston College Medical Assisting graduates

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Twenty-two Medical Assisting graduates at Gaston College were honored in a pinning ceremony on May 10. A reception was held after the ceremony in the Myers Center Cafeteria. These students received their degrees on May 14 at the Graduation Commencement Ceremony at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte. The annual ceremony signifies…