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Threat prompts tougher sentence

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A Lincoln County man who had just been found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury got in more hot water Thursday when he threatened his victim as he left the courtroom. “He looked at me and said ‘You’re going to die,’” said Bryon Harding, the victim.…

Cautions urged in heat wave

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Lincoln County said good-bye to gray skies and hello to summertime weather this week, as temperatures rose above 90 degrees. And with the heat expected to stick around into next week, emergency workers are cautioning residents against the dangers that come with the weather. Ron Rombs, director of Lincoln County…

County studies APFO details

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County commissioners last week met to further discuss one of the county’s options for managing growth. Tyson Smith, an associate with the firm Freilich, Leitner and Carlisle out of Kansas City, Mo., spent the day with representatives from county departments, Planning Board members and commissioners to educate them on the…

Downtown shooter to serve time

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A Cherryville man who shot at his estranged wife on Main Street in downtown Lincolnton pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Judge Robert Johnston sentenced Jeter to 25 to 39 months in prison in Superior Court on Tuesday. Robert Jeter’s…

Seven seek election to four school board seats

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Four seats on the Board of Education will be open next term, and seven candidates have filed. Filing for the Board of Education started on June 7 and ended Wednesday morning. The election will take place on Nov. 2, and the term for each position lasts four years. Tommy Houser,…

Look at Lincoln

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Amy’s House representative Manya Heard (left) accepts a $1,000 donation from members of the club HeavenSentJimmyWayne.com in honor of country singer Jimmy Wayne. Club members pictured are Carla Goodson, Gail Cloninger and Lacey Cloninger. During a breakfast held in Nashville during the Country Music Association MusicFest, the primary focus was…

Around Town 7/7/2004

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SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE The Gaston County Parks and Recreation Department will host a Senior Citizens Dance from 7 until 10 p.m. Friday at the Citizens Resource Center in Dallas. Doors open at 6:30, and the first 250 people present will be admitted. No one under the age of 55 will…

Police warn of phone scam

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A new phone scam gaining popularity all over the country has already struck one Lincolnton resident, police said. Lincolnton Police Chief Dean Abernathy is cautioning residents about giving out any information pertaining to their credit cards to callers. “They get more technical and more convincing every time,” Abernathy said of…

Parade, fireworks mark Fourth of July

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At the start of the ceremony for the Fourth of July celebration Saturday night, Master of Ceremonies Dale Punch yelled: “Do you love America?” The rousing response to that question was the theme of the night’s events. Special importance was placed this year on the families of those serving in…

Retirees praised for dedicated careers in safety

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Ken Scronce listens as family members and co-workers recall his 34-year career in emergency medical services. Two men who dedicated much of their lives to making Lincoln County a safer place retired last week, ending careers that spanned more than three decades each. Jerry “Whitie” Hoffman with the Lincolnton Fire…