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Gun rumor brings police to Pumpkin Center school

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PUMPKIN CENTER —Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at Pumpkin Center Middle School this morning. “We had information that a kid might bring a weapon to school, and I don’t think it happened,” Lt. Ronnie Matthews said. Matthews said the department received information over the…

Cris Center finds room to grow

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Agency provides support for mothers-to-be The Crisis Pregnancy Center in Lincolnton celebrated Christmas early. The non-profit organization, that has been serving the area for three years, recently moved into a bigger building. Once housed in a one-room office on Oak Street, the facility now occupies five rooms in an office…

Aliens enter pleas

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ID fraud cases unfold in court Four people illegally in the country pleaded guilty Friday to charges of financial identity fraud. The charges stem from the Oct. 27 raid of RSI Home Products plants in Lincoln County by local law enforcement. Twenty-eight illegal aliens were arrested and charged with using…

New leaders take helm on county board

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Decisions affecting Lincoln County will be voted on by a new board of commissioners by the end of tonight. Newly-elected commissioners Marie Moore and Alex Patton and re-elected Commissioner Tom Anderson will be inducted to the board in a ceremony before tonight’s regular meeting. The ceremony will begin at 6:30…

Digging History

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Jason Harpe, director of the Lincoln County Museum of History, shovels dirt into buckets during an archeological dig Saturday at Lincoln County’s historic Madison Furnace site where iron was once produced. Students from Belmont Abbey and UNC-Charlotte sifted through the dirt in search of artifacts. Chris Dean / LTN Photo…

Look at Lincoln

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Dr. Alan May, curator of the Archeology Department at the Schiele Museum in Gaston County, examines a nail found at the site of the Madison Furnace dig in Lincolnton. College students visited the site Saturday looking for artifacts in the earth. Chris Dean / LTN Photo…

Man gets probation in ax attack

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A Lincoln County man pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he attacked another man with an ax in September. Michael John Wheeler, 25, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon. He had originally been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, but…

Look at Lincoln

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Lincolnton Toastmasters founder Cain Leonard, center, talks with two of the charter members of the club, David Thompson, left, and Mike Ottinger, as the organization celebrates its fifth anniversary. Thompson is currently serving as president of the club, which is designed to improve public speaking skills. The club meets each…

Around Town 12/3/2004

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CHRISTMAS PARTY Lincoln County Democrat Women will host a joint meeting with all party members Tuesday at the Senior Center on the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College. The meeting will open at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments. Donations will be accepted for gifts for a group of handicapped women. Bring small…

School building projects reviewed

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Architectural firms present designs during planning session DENVER — Construction and renovation topped discussion at the Lincoln County Board of Education’s planning session Thursday morning at Verdict Ridge. Four architectural firms presented designs for projects that will change the faces of three schools and create two within Lincoln County. Board…