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Long sought Lincolnton fugitive arrested in Florida

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A Lincolnton man who jumped bail almost seven years ago after being arrested on local and federal charges was arrested in Florida last week. James Taylor Gettings, 59, was first arrested in December 1997. The county’s Drug Task Force had charged him with trafficking marijuana, and ATF agents had charged…

Lincoln`s SAT scores make small gain

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WLHS scores leap 42 points Lincoln County Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores have risen five points overall this year making the county wide average a score of 986. “We’re pleased. It’s good, steady progress on the improvement of scores,” said Elaine Jenkins, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. “That’s the…

Arrest made in robberies

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A man accused of robbing two Lincolnton businesses at gun point in July was arrested Tuesday by police in Milwaukee, Wis. Reginald Lee Forney, also known as Reginald Lee Nixon, is charged in connection with the armed robberies of Citizens Insurance, 334 S. Aspen St., and First Citizens Bank, 2480…

LMC offers heart disease diagnosis

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Patients at Lincoln Medical Center no longer need to leave the county to be diagnosed for heart disease, thanks to a new MedCath Cath Lab. “It allows us to offer the same service they have in Charlotte with the same physicians without having to drive,” said David Binkney, director of…

Look at Lincoln

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Members of the Lincoln County Rescue Squad recently took part in swift-water rescue training at the Nantahala River. The training is designed to prepare emergency responders for heavy rain and flood response. Pictured from left to right are: Carl McKnight, Ken Morrison, Jon Teseniar and Noel Morrison. Contributed Photo…

Around Town 9/1/2004

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DEMOCRATIC MEN Lincoln County Democratic Men’s Club will meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Zippers Restaurant, North Generals Blvd. HUDSON CONCERT Doug Hudson of Morganton, a CGMA Male Vocalist of the Year, will perform in concert Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, Horseshoe Lake Road, Lincolnton. HOMECOMING…

Explorers trained in emergency services

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A new program launched by a local rescue squad offers those interested in emergency services a chance to get hands-on experience in the field. The Lincoln County Rescue Squad Explorers program is open to those who are 15 to 21 years old or have completed the ninth grade. Eight people…

New Apple Festival T-shirts now on sale

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The Lincoln County Apple Festival is only two and a half weeks away. Whatever should you wear? For years the Lincoln Arts Council has provided proper street attire for festival goers — a T-shirt designed by local artists. Red and yellow apples with a backdrop of musical instruments decorate this…

DSS seeks transportation revamp

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The Lincoln County Department of Social Services (DSS) has received pressure from state agencies to change their method of transporting Medicaid users. The DSS currently contracts transportation companies to take Medicaid users to doctor appointments and pharmacies. These companies are paid around $415,000 a year. The bulk of that cost…

Break-in investigation leads to sex-offender charge

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A break-in to a local business Wednesday morning led to the arrest of a man who failed to register as a sex offender. Paul Michael Tucker, 53, is charged with failing to register as a sex offender, a felony, according to arrest reports. His arrest came after police responded to…