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Deputies: Man sold stolen guns to detective’s friend

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Staff report A Huntersville man has been charged with breaking into a Lincolnton home and stealing more than $3,000 in guns and ammunition. Deputies said Thomas Owen King, 31, of Henderson Park Drive, broke into a home on Stoney Ridge Road and stole five guns and ammunition on Jan. 2.…

Mountain Joy performing with Lowesville Gospel Concerts

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Mountain Joy will be returning to the stage at Lowesville Gospel Concerts on Saturday at Living Word Ministries in Stanley. Based out of Waynesville, Mountain Joy is a family group that plays gospel music. “God has given us the opportunity to travel and sing and…

Use of county SWAT team declines

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has significantly dialed back the use of its SWAT team over the past year. The unit hasn’t been fully deployed since a raid in May that netted three arrests and six ounces of methamphetamine. An analysis conducted by the Lincoln Times-News…

Lincolnton blacksmith keeps up practice of ancient art

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Using the fire in a forge fed by bituminous charcoal, several different types of hammers, pliers and an anvil made in 1895, Scott Beam creates works of art out of iron at his smithy in Lincolnton. Originally, he learned how to shoe horses because he…

State legislature goes back into session

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina General Assembly will begin its 2017 session this afternoon in Raleigh. Tension has continued to mount between newly-elected Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, and a legislature dominated by Republicans who hold veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate. Cooper spoke about reconciliation during…

MLK events begin Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Three days of events celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy will begin in Lincolnton on Saturday. King, who would be 88 if he were still alive today, was a firm believer that all people have the capacity to make a difference no…

Planning board hears three rezoning cases

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners held its first meeting of the new year on Monday evening. Three public hearings presented in front of the planning board highlighted the agenda, which also included the consideration of a grant awarded to the Lincoln County Public Library and…

Trials continued for teacher, entertainer charged in child predator sting

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Two men arrested by the Lincolnton Police Department during an online child predator sting operation were scheduled to appear in court last week, but each had their case continued to a date in March. Ricky Kelvin Carpenter, Jr., of Lincolnton, a former Lincoln County Schools teacher,…

State inspectors cited Lincolnton nursing home 9 times in ’16

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer State inspectors cited a Lincolnton nursing home for healthcare deficiencies nine times in 2016, bringing that facility’s total number of citations to two dozen since 2014. Sovereign Carolina Holdings is listed as the majority owner of Lincolnton Rehab, located at 1410 East Gaston Street in…

Woman arrested after brief car chase

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Staff report A local woman is facing felony charges after allegedly shoplifting from a Lincolnton store and then leading officers on a short car chase. Kendra Michelle McCombs, 28, of 3861 Stoney Creek Drive in Lincolnton, is accused of stealing from the Tractor Supply store on North Generals Boulevard on…