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Obituaries — 12-3-12

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Aubrey I. Brewer Aubrey I. Brewer 72, of Lincolnton passed away suddenly on November 27, 2012. He was born in Ripley, Tenn. on July 2, 1940, the son of Palmer and Margie Brewer. Aubrey lived most of his life in Machesney Park, Ill. He graduated from Harlem High School in 1958 and married…

Suspect now accused of touching young girls

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man, accused in connection with a sex-related incident two months ago with two young girls, may face additional charges in the case, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said Wesley Dean Cody, 46, of Hovis Road, inappropriately touched two girls, ages 10 and…

Around Town — 12-3-12

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MONDAY Energy assistance Starting today, the Lincoln County Department of Social Services will take applications for their low-income energy assistance program. Individuals must be 60 and up in households that have disabled adults receiving benefits through aging. Applications will be taken through Jan. 31. All other applications will be taken…

Criminal Charges — 12-3-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Thomas Lail, 51, of 1158 Park Cir. in Lincolnton was charged Nov. 29 with one count of communicating threats. No bond was set. Reyes Ann Trejo, 27, of 718 Edgegreen Dr. in Charlotte was charged Nov. 29 with one count each…

Police target suspected drug dealers as roundup continues

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Since Wednesday morning, police have apprehended more than 30 people accused of drug-related charges in connection with roundup “Operation Early Christmas,” the first initiative of its kind in 2012 and the department’s fifth one since December 2009, when they carried out “Operation Blue Christmas.” Lt. Brian…

Missing girl found

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Nearly a week after a local teen’s family reported her missing from her Denver residence, Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives found her this morning in Gaston County, a press release said. Deputies called Amanda Marie Atkins’ cell phone Friday morning and met up with her at the tennis…

Cause of blaze at unoccupied home remains uncertain

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A large-scale blaze incinerated portions of a brick home Thursday morning in Lincolnton, fire officials said. Firefighters and police were still on scene at noon, hours after the fire broke out. Yellow police tape surrounded the property, and pieces of the scorched residence were still smoldering.…

County set to swear in election winners

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Monday night’s Lincoln County Board of Commission meeting will begin in a more ceremonious manner than usual, as newly elected and re-elected members are inducted. The 6:30 p.m. meeting will commence with Clerk of Superior Court Fred Hatley formally swearing in re-elected Commissioners Alex Patton and…

Students serve up murder mystery drama, plus dessert

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer While other area groups rehearse for holiday-themed shows to end the year, the Lincolnton High drama club has a different type of production in mind for this weekend ­— a murder mystery with a touch of comedy. “An Inconvenient Corpse,” by Pat Cook, centers around a…

EL Mustangs face Tarboro, play for state title Saturday

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor 2A State Championship: East Lincoln Mustangs (15-0) vs. Tarboro Vikings (14-0) at Wake Forest University Two things stand between the East Lincoln Mustangs and the first 2A state championship in school history and a perfect season on Saturday at Wake Forest University’s BB&T Field. The first…