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Suspected bank robber caught in Massachusetts

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Cherryville man accused of robbing a Lincoln County bank earlier this month was apprehended in Massachusetts on Wednesday by the United States Marshal Service, police said. Jean Pierre Gendron, 49, has been on the run from Lincolnton police and the Gaston County…

County unemployment rate drops almost 4 points since February ‘13

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  Staff reports   Lincoln County saw a substantial drop in its unemployment rate for February 2014, according to the latest figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Wednesday. The number dropped half a percentage point to 6.5 percent, down from 7 percent a month earlier. The…

Local artists showcase work at church’s gallery

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County community has until Monday to check out a collection of photography, handmade pottery and woodturnings by local artists on display at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The special exhibit, dubbed “Fire and Earth,” has been open to the public in the…

Meet the Candidate: Rosemary Hubbard

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  Rosemary Hubbard   ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   North Carolina native and state House of Representatives Democrat candidate Rosemary Hubbard is among many in her generation that have witnessed first-hand the dramatic transformation of the Tar Heel state over the decades. “I lived in Charlotte when segregation was still…

Division of Workforce Solutions

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  You must currently be registered with DWS to be referred on any of our jobs. Go to www.ncworks.gov to register or update an existing registration. Job listings for all of North Carolina may also be accessed. Call DWS, Lincolnton, 704.735.8035, or come to the Lincoln County JobLink Career Center/DWS,…

Detectives: Thieves again target unlocked vehicles, break-ins reach near 50

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Thieves removed electronics, cash and credit cards this month from vehicles located along N.C. 150 East and a neighborhood northeast of Lincolnton, county detectives said. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incidents which reportedly took place in the Arden Oaks subdivision, particularly along Arden…

Richard ~ Leonard Engagement

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Stephanie and Patrick Jeff and Maggie Richard of Vale announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Ann Richard of Charlotte to Patrick Michael Leonard of Charlotte. Stephanie is a 2006 graduate of West Lincoln High School and a 2013 graduate of Gaston College. She is a nurse for CHS Transplant…

Criminal Charges 4-11-14

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jonathan Paul Russell, 33, of 3367 Ginger Ln. in Maiden was charged April 4 with one count of probation violation. A $15,000 bond was set. Justin Milton Leatherman, 24, of 1605 Broome St. in Lincolnton was charged April 4 with…

Eurey crowned

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Beauty spreads across Lincoln County

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  KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist   I love the beauty that Mother Nature has spread across Lincoln County. I keep going from window to window to catch another glimpse of the flowering dogwoods around the house. Open the doors and the brilliant azalea colors shine beneath the trees, lending another…