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Criminal Charges 4-4-14

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:    Scottie Dean Smith, 28, of 2918 Burgin Smith Rd. in Vale was charged March 30 with one count of failure to appear. A $500 secured bond was set. Michael Scott Looper, 36, of 137 Martin Ln. in Hiddenite was…

Cub Scout Pack 76

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Don’t mash the stink bugs, they smell bad

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Do you know what a stink bug is? Do you have any? I heard a friend say that they were such a pest at her house. She had them everywhere. I found several inside recently. Their name suits them well as they smell pretty bad if…

Reader’s Forum

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  Support for Hatley I would like to address the upcoming primary for Clerk of Court. it seams as though there is a bit of mud slinging coming down the pipe against Fred Hatley, our present Clerk. I have known Hatley for quite a number of years, he is a…

Healthcare professionals mark local annual awareness events

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County Public Health professionals are gearing up for their annual awareness events this month. National Public Health Week will be celebrated April 7-13, while Medical Laboratory Professionals Week will be celebrated April 20-26. This year’s theme for National Public Health Week is “Public…

Sheriff’s Office: DWI suspect dragged deputy with vehicle, charged with 3 felonies

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Jake Nelson JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Catawba County man intoxicated by alcohol used his vehicle to drag a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy several feet down an area roadway after refusing to comply with officers during a traffic stop Wednesday night, the Sheriff’s Office said. The incident took place just…

Apartment complex, bike lanes on agenda for City Council

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   City Council members will meet on Thursday to discuss the fate of a potential apartment complex’s rezoning request and an opportunity to construct traffic lanes for alternative forms of transportation. BTR Communities Group, LLC is requesting the conditional-use rezoning of 9.77 acres of land…

UPDATED–Police: Man at-large after stealing vehicle in Gaston Co., robbing Lincolnton bank

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have identified a man accused of robbing a bank in Lincolnton Thursday morning before fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle. Officers have secured a felony warrant against Jean Pierre Gendron, 49, for robbery with a dangerous weapon, consider him “dangerous,” according to a Lincolnton…

Event celebrates bill placing limits on commercial breeders

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln and Gaston County animal advocates are invited to attend Humane Lobby Day on Friday. The event, held at Lincoln County Animal Services, will allow those attending to thank members of the state House of Representatives for passing the Commercial Breeder Bill, known…

Dirt bike stolen from murder scene

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police were called to the scene of a recent murder in Lincolnton on Monday after neighbors said they spotted someone suspicious on the property. Officers responded to the home on Salem Church Road around 9 p.m. after neighbors contacted 911. Police said they canvassed…