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Couple faces trafficking charges

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The Lincoln County Drug Task Force arrested a husband and wife duo last week on drug charges. Charles Franklin Scales and Betty Jane Scales are charged with trafficking marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for drug sales, Detective Rick Lynn said. On Aug. 11, an undercover officer met with Charles Scales…

Retired physician helps out with Helping Hands

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When Dr. John Warlick retired, he didn’t take up golf or putter around the house. Instead, he devoted his time to providing medical services to those in need. That service now includes working two afternoons a week at the Helping Hands Clinic in Lincolnton, which allows the clinic to see…

Lincoln educatin board chair arrested

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Jean Dellinger charged with possession of stolen property The chairwoman of the Lincoln County Board of Education and her husband were arrested Tuesday on felony charges in connection with an alleged theft ring centered in Denver. Jean Dellinger, 73, is charged with one count of possession of stolen property. Jimmie…

Equestrian Center faces financial hurdles

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CHERRYVILLE— Members of the Cherryville City Council and Piedmont Equestrian Authority (PEA) sat down together on Monday night to discuss the future of an equestrian center in Cherryville. “I feel that if you can get this off the ground, get it up and running, we can realize a lot of…

Look at Lincoln

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The West Lincoln Rebels charge the field Friday night as cheerleaders urge them on. The Rebels defeated the Foard Tigers in a 27-21 game, the first win for West between the two teams in three years. Wes Grooms / LTN Photo…

N. C. furniture industries suffer losses

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240 to lose jobs in Maiden State and national economies are gradually improving, but furniture companies continue to announce layoffs despite an ongoing effort to stem imports from China. The trend continued last week when Hooker Furniture Corp. announced it would close a plant in Maiden near Hickory. The move…

Schools present goals for future

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Each Lincoln County school has a chance to brag about its accomplishments and set up goals for next year during presentations of their school improvement plans. The Board of Education Curriculum Committee already heard from seven elementary schools last week, and this week they plan on listening to presentations from…

Box cutter bandit robs Piedmont Gas

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(Right) Detective Kameron Keener with the Lincolnton Police Department dusts the door of Piedmont Natural Gas for fingerprints Friday after an armed robbery. (Below) Lt. Kent Lukach brings in his K-9, Jackie, to search for the suspect while Lt. Brian Greene and Keener collect evidence. Alice Smith / LTN Photo…

Secret to safety

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Deputy Connie Queen with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office pinkie swears with Elizabeth Carpenter, 4, after checking her car seat. The Lincoln County SAFE KIDS Coalition held the free car seat check Saturday at Griffin Buick Pontiac GMC Truck Dealership of Lincolnton. Alice Smith / LTN Photo…

Around Town 8/20/2004

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MARINE CORPS LEAGUE The Gastonia-based Marine Corps League is recruiting active, reserve and retired Marines in the Lincoln County area. The recently chartered league, which meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Salem Baptist Church on Rolling Meadow Lane in Gastonia, serves as sponsors for several…