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Criminal Charges 3-26-12

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Harold Preston Spurling II, 36, of 2378 Hedgewood Cir. in Gastonia was charged March 21 with one count each of second-degree trespassing and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. A $500 secured bond was set. Matthew Stanley Stewart, 23,…

‘Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less’ program targets healthy living

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County residents are learning to increase healthy eating and exercise while decreasing their risk for chronic diseases. “Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less” is a 15-week program presented each year by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension in an effort to spread awareness…

Around Town 3-26-12

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  Cooking class The N.C. Cooperative Extension will host “Cooking for Two” 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Cooperative Extension office. Come learn how to cook for a caregiver and loved one. For more information, call (704) 736-8461.   EL Republican Women East Lincoln Republican Women will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday…

Obits 3-26-12

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    Harrie Lea Burris Harrie Lea Burris, age 84, of Lincolnton passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, March 23, 2012. A memorial service celebrating her life was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Boger City United Methodist Church. Rev. Allan Van Meter, Rev. Bob…

Feds aid investigation into fires

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Federal authorities assisted local police and fire officials in investigating three fires that they believe were intentionally started by incendiary devices Thursday night in Lincolnton. According to Chief Mike Lee with Lincolnton Fire Department, firefighters responded to an extensive vehicle fire on Bonview Avenue around 9:30…

Mustangs edge past Wolves 5-4

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Parrish bats in game-winning runs in top of the seventh KEN BRADLEY Special to LTN LINCOLNTON — Addison Parrish had seen good pitches Wednesday night against Lincolnton. But the East Lincoln cleanup hitter had nothing to show for his three at-bats and was hoping for just one more opportunity when…

Rebels fall to Mustangs 7-0 in SPC play

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Reavis scores hat trick for E. Lincoln in shutout win JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer DENVER — The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs secured a 7-0 victory over the West Lincoln Lady Rebels Wednesday night at Denver Clark Stadium. Lady Mustangs’ head coach Jason Dragoon was surprised to see his team shutout…

The NFL’s criminals, on and off the field

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Writer Every NFL fan owes a big thanks to Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints. Thanks to those guys, the ones who got caught at least, Senator Dick Durbin is now threatening a full government investigation of the bounty scandal, and has proposed making bounties in…

4 get federal time for tax fraud scheme

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Four Lincoln County residents, including three from Lincolnton and one from Vale, were sentenced Wednesday to at least a year behind bars for defrauding the government by obtaining false tax refunds in a scheme that began in early 2010. According to a press release from…

Suspect charged in 1993 rape case

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Mecklenburg County man accused of raping a teen girl in Lincoln County nearly two decades ago was arrested this week, deputies said. Lincoln County Sheriff’s authorities apprehended Stephen Eugene Malcolm, 60, of 452 Rhyne Road in Charlotte, on Tuesday, a press release said.…