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Cherryville takes 3-1 lead in series with Gaston Braves

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Post 100 needs one win for Area IV title, state tournament berth MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor Cherryville Post 100 is one win away from a sixth-straight Area IV title and a trip to the American Legion state tournament after wins against the Gaston Braves on Monday and Tuesday. Cherryville took…

Sports Briefs — 7/25/12

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Lincolnton practices Soccer practice begins July 30 at 8 a.m. Cross-country practice begins July 30 at 8:30 a.m. Volleyball practice begins July 30 at 4 p.m. Football practice begins July 30 at 6 p.m. Tennis practice begins August 6 at 10 a.m. Athletes should bring running clothes and an up-to-date…

Around Town — 7-25-12

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VBS Middle Cross Baptist Church, 3474 Crouse School Rd. in Crouse, will host vacation Bible school 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For more information, call (704) 530-4681. VBS Crowell United Methodist Church, 4018 Killian Rd. in Lincolnton, will host “Amazing Desert Journey” vacation Bible school (pre-K through 5th grade) 6-8:30…

Criminal Charges — 7-25-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Matthew Dustin Pepper, 34, of 4641 Leepers St. in Iron Station was charged July 21 with one count of disorderly conduct (non-specific) disturbing the peace. He was released on a written promise. Jenson Scott Payseur, 28, of 3106 Wesleyan Church Rd.…

New halfway house to serve area women

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Phoenix Counseling Center is preparing to open the first halfway house for substance-abusing women in the three-county region it serves. The effort is part of Lincoln County’s expansion of mental-health services. The home will be located on East McBee Street in Lincolnton. Phoenix currently operates two…

Deputies shocked by response to medicine roundups

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a medicine drop at agency headquarters this weekend to rid local streets of prescription pills and help cut down on prescription pill abuse, a growing epidemic across the country, according to the Center for Disease Control. Nearly 30,000 Americans…

Getting theatrical at camp

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Lincoln Theatre Guild’s Drama Camp teaches students about acting, stagecraft AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Hippie headbands, peace signs and cereal box jukeboxes are among the props local students are crafting during Lincoln Theatre Guild’s drama camp this week. The group split the camp into two one-week sections — one to…

Former school administrator takes the pulpit for Vale congregation

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer After more than three decades as a Lincoln County school administrator, Hazelene Ford answered God’s call on her life to lead a church congregation. Prior to starting July 1 as head pastor at Davis Chapel AME Zion Church in Vale, Ford served several years as a…

Husband charged in knife attack

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An Iron Station man faces assault charges after attacking his wife with a knife over the weekend at their residence, deputies said. Terry Steven Vance, 52, used a kitchen knife to cut his wife’s arms Sunday at their home, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded…

Lincoln grand jury indicts Fla. man for rape of teen

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County grand jury indicted a Florida man Monday on rape charges in connection with a 2009 city case, police said. Officers initially served 41-year-old Juan Rafael Diaz a warrant July 19 with two felony counts each of statutory rape and sex offense, according to…