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Deputies: Search on for man who fired shots at ex-girlfriend

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Catawba County deputies are on the hunt for a Conover man accused of using a pistol to assault a former girlfriend, then trying to shoot her while the two were at a party over the weekend. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office sent out an urgent notice…

SageSport returns to Lincolnton

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A business that started in Lincolnton 30 years ago has returned home after a long absence. SageSport, which was first started in downtown Lincolnton by owner Corky Fulton in 1982, opened a new store to the public Thursday morning. Located in the Lincoln Center shopping plaza…

Lincoln schools get mixed results on state scores

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer The 2011-2012 ABCs of Public Education Accountability Report, which the state released Thursday, sheds light on graduation rates in Lincoln County and how local schools performed last school year. Rock Springs Elementary and North Lincoln High received Honor School of Excellence recognition — the highest-ranking received…

Lending a hand in Vale

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Aspiring tatoo artist wins t-shirt design contest

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Each year in preparation for Lincoln County’s Apple Festival, it’s tradition to choose a local artist’s work for the annual T-shirt, said Joyce Dorsey, festival liaison at the county’s Cooperative Extension office. This year, the 40th for the festival, 33-year-old Jon Deal’s “quaint, small-town” theme won…

Stores ready for tax-free weekend

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The annual tax-free weekend got under way at midnight Friday and lasts through Sunday, offering shoppers an opportunity to stock up on school-related merchandise, clothing and computers, among other items. The tax breaks are available even if no one in the family is going back to…

Ice cream social to aid Christian Ministry

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Cheerwine, apple pie, Oreo, maraschino cherry, peanut butter and banana peach are just a handful of the delectable, old-fashioned flavors that will be available at this weekend’s annual ice cream social fundraiser for Christian Ministry’s soup kitchen. More than 20 ice cream churns helped feed the…

Criminal Charges — 8-3-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Michael Derek Hopkins, 22, of 4315 Candlewood Ct. in Denver was charged July 28 with one count each of failure to appear, no financial responsibility, driving while license revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with an expired registration plate. A…

Firefighters to help raise money for MDA

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer This weekend, individuals passing through Lincoln County will have the opportunity to fill local firefighters’ boots with change and help make a difference in the lives of those living locally and nationally with neuromuscular diseases. The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s local district office in Mooresville contacted the…

Deputies: Sex offender failed to notify about address

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Maiden sex offender failed to notify deputies of his correct address, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies charged Freddie Keith Thompson Jr., 25, of 4005 Benny Shrum Lane, Tuesday with one felony count each of failure to notify change of address-sex offender and failure…