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Deputies: Man shot at sister

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with shooting at his sister with a handgun on Wednesday. Brian Wayne Rhyne, 45, of 1751 Maple Lane, is accused of shooting at his sister with a handgun during an argument. Deputies responded to a suspicious circumstances call in the 1700 block…

Firefighter admits to stealing from charity, church

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A former firefighter has admitted to stealing money from a charity for burned children and his church. Bill Fortenberry, the former assistant chief at the Lincolnton Fire Department, pleaded guilty to nine counts of embezzlement related to money he stole from the charity and his church…

Commissioners approve Duke plans for additions to lake access points

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer County commissioners approved recommendations from the Lincoln County Recreation Commission for Duke Energy FERC to further develop Lake Norman accesses in Denver’s Beatty’s Ford Park and the Little Creek access of Catawba Springs. Duke’s Travis Sinclair addressed commissioners regarding the request as part of the company’s…

Man charged with kidnapping, assault

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Staff report Lincoln County deputies are looking for a Stanley man who has been charged with kidnapping and assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Deputies were dispatched on Saturday to the Cowan’s Ford Overlook in eastern Lincoln County after a passing motorist reported that a man was assaulting a woman at that location.…

Lincoln Charter School names new chief administrator

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  MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln Charter School announced Tuesday that Jonathan Bryant will take over as the new chief administrator, following the departure of Dave Machado. “Jonathan is an extremely intelligent person with very high integrity and a tremendous work ethic,” Machado said. “He understands the culture of Lincoln…

Man arrested on identity theft charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton man was arrested on July 11 on identity theft charges. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Kelly Paris charged Danny Eugene Dean, Jr., 37, of Hubbard Street, in connection with a case that came under investigation on May 26. Kimberly Bivens filed a report with the Lincoln…

Five charge with felony drug crimes

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Staff report Five people were charged with felony drug crimes by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office during the past week. Deputies said the arrests were the result of multiple investigations into drug activity and were a continuation of a larger investigation into meth and heroin/opiate dealers in the area. “These…

Man arrested in connection with break-ins

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Staff report A Stanley man has been charge in connection with several vehicle break-ins at neighborhoods on the Gaston County-Lincoln County line. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office charged James Tyler Brooks, 22, of 2479 Carol Drive, on July 12 after responding to a report about shots being fired near Ridgecrest…

Granite Falls woman arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report A Granite Falls woman was arrested on felony drug charges after a brief car chase in western Lincoln County on Tuesday. A deputy on patrol on Frank Cline Road in Vale noticed a “suspicious white Honda Prelude” approach the intersection of Hog Hill Road and said the car…

Denver Days gears up with free concerts

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Denver Days festival has entered its 14th year and will celebrate its permanent move to Rescue Squad Park with a “Music in the Park” series. The Rotary Club of Denver Lake Norman event is made possible in 2016 by a sponsorship from Hecht Realty. “I…