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Deputies: More than $1,000 in narcotics stolen from Vale drug store

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     More than $1,000 in prescription pills were stolen from a western county store Friday morning, deputies said. The incident took place just before 2:30 a.m. at TAS Drug, located at 4417 West N.C. 27 in Vale, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s…

Around Town — 2-3-14

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TODAY Nutrition meeting   Lincoln County Senior Services, 514 S. Academy St. on the Gaston College-Lincoln campus in Lincolnton, will host a nutrition meeting 10-11 a.m. in the multi-purpose room 10-11 a.m. Healthy at Home will present a program on heart health. For more information, call (704) 732-9053 or (704)…

Fred Grier: A man who loves to play sports

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest columnist Once again I found myself sitting in a waiting area while my husband’s car was being serviced.  A very friendly, outgoing gentleman was sitting beside me and we began conversing about different topics. Of course I had to ask him the question for my column, “What…

Service News — 2-3-14

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Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Touacha K. Her graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen…

Criminal Charges — 2-3-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Steven Paul Bray, 61, of 2489 W. Old N.C. 150 in Crouse was charged Jan. 30 with one count of second-degree trespassing. No bond was set. Johnny Robert Perry Lee, 32, of 184 A St. in Lincolnton was charged Jan. 30…

Editor’s Note: The misguided SOTU

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I didn’t watch the State of the Union address. I probably shouldn’t admit that, but I have a good excuse. I was hard at work putting Wednesday’s paper together and, from what I read in several newspapers and from the text of President Barack Obama’s speech,…

Reader’s Forum — 2-3-14

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Reading tests aren’t good for students This is in response to the state requiring third graders to take 36 proficiency tests for the remainder of the school year. This would be about two tests per week. The children are going to be so tired of taking tests and will probably…

Obituaries — 2-3-14

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Helen Goins Hull Helen Goins Hull, age 77, of 2300 Brookwood Road in Lincolnton, died on Friday, January 31, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Chapman officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:30 p.m. until…

Another close loss

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NL boys come up short against Raiders By MICHAEL HUGHES LTN Correspondent PUMPKIN CENTER –– Two evenly-matched teams went down to the wire for the second time on the hardwood this season. The result was the same, as North Iredell again bested North Lincoln, this time 52-47. The Raiders nipped…

Rebels romp Bunker Hill, finish third

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By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor CATAWBA –– Longtime West Lincoln wrestling coach Butch Ross knew the only way his team had a shot at making the dual-team playoffs was to beat Bunker Hill. After Ross stressed the gravity of a victory, the Rebels delivered. West Lincoln opened with four pins…