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Lincoln County Christian Ministry opens giving drive

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Christian Ministry kicked off its annual Christmas Fund last week, setting the stage for a six-week donation drive it hopes proves fruitful in giving everyone in the county a quality Christmas. Founded in 1977, the nonprofit has been involved with the fund ever since.…

Veteran gains perspective in two tours of duty in Iraq War

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Now back at home, Matt Craig focuses on family, military career   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Much like many other American boys his age, Iraq War veteran Staff Sergeant Matt Craig, 31, grew up playing with G.I. Joe action figures and honing his skills as an infielder on the baseball…

Former Denver attorney indicted on 11 felonies

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ADAM LAWSON
 Staff Writer A former Denver attorney was sent to jail Monday shortly after a grand jury returned 11 true bills of indictment. Peter Capece turned himself into the Lincoln County magistrate’s office just before 2 p.m., where he was charged with six counts of Class C felony embezzlement…

Arts Council, Atkin offer acrylic painting classes

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With the help of local painter Andrew Atkin, the Arts Council of Lincoln County will offer an adult acrylic painting class in celebration of the holiday season. The classes will provide a learning base for all levels of ability, while beginners are encouraged to explore the…

Union Elementary says ‘thank you’ to veterans at annual breakfast

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer More than 120 former soldiers crowded around tables set up in an elementary gymnasium on Tuesday, their patriotic service rewarded with a free breakfast courtesy of Union Elementary School and a handful of corporate sponsors. The entire student population soon joined the veterans, serenaded them with…

Former Denver attorney indicted on 11 felonies

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A former Denver attorney was sent to jail Monday shortly after a grand jury returned 11 true bills of indictment. Peter Capece turned himself into the Lincoln County magistrate’s office just before 2 p.m, where he was charged with six counts of Class C felony embezzlement…

Inmates briefly escape from transport van

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Staff report Two inmates from a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office prisoner transport van briefly escaped on Friday. Logan Gene Long, 24, of Lincolnton, and Damarcus Dashaun Dixon, 19, of Charlotte, were being transported to Polk Correctional Institute in Butner after appearing in court in Lincoln County. The men escaped through…

Gaston, Lincoln commissioners talk land purchase

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer After meeting with Gaston County officials last week, Lincoln County commissioners have plans to gather again next month to discuss a potentially significant land purchase that would impact both counties. The Woodcock property, owned by Charlotte-based Crescent Resources and available on the real estate market for…

School board prepares for Ed Hatley’s exit

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Ed Hatley may have been elected Lincolnton’s newest mayor last week, but the former principal and current school board member isn’t ready to give up his education career just yet. Hatley plans on being present for Tuesday’s school board meeting and a Dec. 1 committee meeting…

Man charged with ‘deplorable’ neglect of wife

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has accused a 72-year-old Stanley man of neglecting his bedridden wife for about nine months. Bobby Dean Armstrong, 72, of 7618 Sifford Road, was charged on Thursday with one felony count of neglect of a disabled/elderly person with serious injury. Armstrong was charged…