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Farm-to-table dinner will benefit Long Shoals Park and Community Center

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Like many professions, farming is a heritage that is passed down through generations. The Hoffman family has been farming land in Long Shoals since 1870. Andre Fernandez’s mother, Daphine Hoffman, continued farming the land after her grandfather died. Fernandez returned to Long Shoals after attending…

Several Lincoln County landmarks have ghost stories

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Today is Halloween and ghosts, goblins and all sorts of aberrations will be seen walking the streets. Is Halloween the only time when the veil between the living and dead lifts and spirits walk among us? The Lincoln County Courthouse is said to be haunted.…

Five arrested during drug investigation

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Staff report Three people were arrested on felony drug charges on Wednesday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at the end of a six-month investigation. Two other people who weren’t subjects of the investigation were also arrested. Detectives said Alvin Jack Johnson, 37, and Jennifer Hayes Johnson, 34, both of…

Sex offender charged with threatening detective

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Staff report A former Gaston County teacher who was charged in a Lincolnton Police Department child predator sting operation has been charged for a second time with threatening the detective who arrested him. Jason Scott Webb, 47, of 206 Point Circle in Belmont, was arrested by Gaston County probation officers…

Off-duty deputy accidentally shoots, injures daughter

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Staff report An off-duty Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy accidentally shot and injured her 11-year-old daughter on Saturday. Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter confirmed that Misty Michelle Flowers, 38, was fired from her job Monday morning. “I find gross negligence and the disregard for the safety of others was displayed in the…

Local, state candidates meet at forum

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer For the second time in as many weeks, candidates in the running for state and local offices addressed the pressing concerns facing Lincoln County in a forum setting. The first back-and-forth between incumbent state Sen. David Curtis, a Republican, and his Libertarian opponent, Nic Haag, seemed…

2nd annual Lincolnton Zombie Walk held Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The zombie apocalypse will probably never happen, but zombie wannabes will walk the streets once again in downtown Lincolnton on Saturday evening for the second annual Lincolnton Zombie Walk. Participants are asked to arrive carrying canned goods – which are useful during an apocalypse and…

Man charged with molesting relative

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Staff report A Denver man has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor. Thomas William Caddoo, 44, of Andrew Franklin Drive, was arrested on Thursday and charged with three felony counts and placed under a $50,000 secured bond. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Caddoo is accused of…

Women arrested on felony meth charges

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Staff report Two women have been arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on meth charges in separate incidents. Kimberly Nicole Wood, 20, of 720 Lincoln Street in Lincolnton, was brought to the Harven Crouse Detention Center on Oct. 19 for a probation violation by probation and parole officers. A…

Hart Square festival gives visitors a glimpse of an earlier time

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Nestled deep in farmland in Vale, Hart Square can be difficult to find. Once you do find it, it’s as if you stepped into a different time. Modeled after a North Carolina village from the 1900’s, it takes more than 400 volunteers, artisans and re-enactors demonstrating…