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Around Town 9/26/2007

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CHURCH SINGING Adam Beard will be singing at Sharon Baptist Church, N.C. 73, Iron Station, Saturday at 7 p.m. REUNION The 17th annual McMurry reunion will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at McKendree United Methodist Church, 3537 Maiden Hwy., Lincolnton. Friends and family are urged to attend. Those attending are…

Five generations

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Johnny Appleseed shows and tells

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Vinzant leaving abuse coalition

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After five years of devoting herself to the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse, Kathy Vinzant is stepping down from her position as executive director. “It is a job that at times can be, for me personally, extremely emotional just because of the amount of stories you deal with day…

That’s racin’

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Feds looking at bank robbery case

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Federal authorities may take over the prosecution of Billy Ray Kovach Jr., 29, who allegedly robbed banks in Lincoln and Gaston counties by claiming he had a bomb, according to police. Gastonia police said Kovach got the idea from a Charlotte bank robbery. Gastonia Police officials said the Stanley man…

Man arrested in statutory rape of 15-year-old girl

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What began as an all-points-bulletin response to an apparent home invasion has resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old man facing statutory rape and other charges stemming from sex with a minor who knew him, authorities say. Thomas Christopher Banks, 20, of Vale is now in Lincoln Sheriff’s custody more…

Man buys grill with leg inside

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A man who purchased a barbecue cooker at a storage locker auction in Maiden Tuesday made a gruesome discovery when he later opened the grill: a severed human leg. In a bizarre case, Maiden Police said they received a call around 3 p.m. by an employee of the Maiden Rental…

Burnt churches council sets restoration service

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To help begin the healing process, the North Carolina Council of Burnt Churches is hosting a restoration service for the Temple Baptist Church Oct. 13 in Lincolnton. “We can’t even explain how much of a great loss it is to have your church burned by an arsonist,” Rev. Brenda Stevenson,…