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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…

Thoughts on Father’s Day

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor My understanding of my father broadened when I became a father myself. It was like a light turning on. Things started making sense. The boundaries and rules I couldn’t begin to understand as a child became perfectly logical. The time he spent with me, teaching me…

Much learning ahead for students today

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist It was a good evening to celebrate a birthday. The honoree was seven years old and she was really enjoying her day. She seemed to be having a good time, but there wasn’t time to talk to the old folks who showed up for supper. There…

Streak snapper

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Asheville tops rolling Post 100 By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor CHERRYVILLE –– Facing one of Western North Carolina’s top prospects in the batter’s box and in a tie game, Chandler Jenkins located his next pitch exactly where he wanted. And so did the batter. Alex Destino hit the down-and-away slider…