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Obituaries 4-23-14

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Elaine Huffman Garner Elaine Huffman Garner, age 71, of 809 Danbrook Circle in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Wyant officiating. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery.…

Around Town 4-23-14

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  TODAY   Easter celebration Leonard’s Fork Baptist Church, 1462 Leonard’s Fork Ch. Rd. in Lincolnton, will host an Easter celebration 6-8 p.m. with an egg hunt, Easter story, games, prizes hot dogs and more. The original event, set for April 19, was cancelled due to rain. For more information,…

Criminal Charges 4-23-14

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Michael Lee Phillips, 53, fo 2871 Summerow Rd. in Lincolnton was charged April 18 with one count of communicating threats. An unknown bond was set. Crystal Renee Rothrock, 33, of 6235 Startown Rd. in Maiden was charged April 18 with…

Blood drive scholarships gear up

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  Staff report   The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is recruiting students to help kick off its sixth annual “Students Saving Summer Scholarship” program on June 1. High school and college students who organize and host a successful blood drive with CBCC between June and September have the…

Community News

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  Service News   Navy Seaman Recruit Aliyah Shakir, daughter of Jahid Shakir, of Gastonia, and Sabretta Spann, of Iron Station, graduated from the United States Navy’s basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting,…

Hutchins, Bates wedding

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Sgt. and Mrs. Jayme Lyle Bates Jennifer Alaine Hutchins of Jacksonville and Sgt. Jayme Lyle Bates of Jacksonville were united in marriage at Equine Country in Jacksonville on March 29, 2014. Rev. Miriam Brazier officiated the 4 p.m. double ring ceremony. Jennifer is the daughter of Clyde and Kim Arrowood…

Police: Man reports robbery after money taken during drug deal

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  Froneberger   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An eastern Lincoln County man who told police he was robbed at gunpoint on Monday later admitted his money was taken during a planned drug deal. Timothy Paul Froneberger, of 8794 Hagars Ferry Road in Denver, called police just before 5 p.m.…

Main Street business shut down for gas leak

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Employees evacuated a downtown Lincolnton store Tuesday morning after smelling natural gas, fire officials said. Individuals at Merle Norman, located on East Main Street, called 911 around 9:30 a.m. with report of a potential gas leak. According to Lincolnton Fire Department chief Mitch Burgin,…

Board approves two new building inspectors

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to approve two new building inspector positions. According to Director of Planning and Inspections Andrew Bryant, the inspectors currently on staff are struggling to meet the county’s rising inspection demands. Currently, each inspector averages 16.2 inspections…

Clerk, Board of Commissioners candidates voice views at forum

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County residents gathered at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver on Tuesday to participate in a candidate forum for the upcoming primary election. The forum, sponsored by the East Lincoln Betterment Association, featured the Republican candidates for the county’s Board of Commissioners and…