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Second liquor store planned

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Staff report Lincolnton may soon have a second ABC store. According to ABC Board chairman Mike Owen, documents have been submitted to the North Carolina ABC Commission seeking approval for a location at 627 Riverside Drive, on the western side of the city. A state investigator visited the site on…

Criminal Charges 1-23-15

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:           George Ronald Lovell, 58, of 4827 Maralane Tr. in Denver was charged Jan. 20 with one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. A $75,000 secured bond was set. Rebecca Henderson Black, 54, of 3542 Navajo…

Man charged with 161 felonies for child rape

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Staff report A Vale man who was arrested in December by Lincolnton Police on charges that he raped a child received a total of 162 additional charges on Tuesday, according to a press release. Danny Lee Hensley, 40, of 7873 Matthew Miller Road, was charged by police with 80 felony…

More suspects nabbed for robbery

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Staff report An 18-year-old Lincolnton man has been arrested in connection with an assault and robbery that allegedly took place during a drug deal on Jan. 17. A 16-year-old has already been arrested in the case and warrants have been secured against another 18-year-old suspect. A 15-year-old suspect was also…

Heavner tapped as interim fire chief

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton Fire Department chief Mitch Burgin hangs up his uniform for the last time at the end of January, he will leave a void at the station that has been filled with his professionalism and dedicated service to the community where he grew up, just…

Pipe organ builder remains on cutting edge

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Denver firm keeps the music playing with premium instruments PHIL PERRY Staff Writer In an industry that has become smaller over the last two decades, the employees of Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders in Denver have carved a niche for their expertise as master craftsmen and respected artisans. “We don’t punch…

Pair arrested for selling meth in Ingles parking lot

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Staff report Two people are facing felony narcotics charges after investigators said they saw them conduct a drug transaction in the parking lot of the Lincolnton Ingles grocery store on Saturday. Investigators observed an exchange between several individuals and attempted to intervene, according to a press release from the Lincoln…

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy

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Shooting leaves man hospitalized

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Staff report After a night of drinking, a Denver man is hospitalized with a gunshot wound and his roommate has been charged with the shooting, deputies said. Charles Edward Harvell, 44, and George Ronald Lovell, 58, of 4827 Maralane Trail in Denver, had spent Monday evening drinking at Twin Oaks…

Minor arrested after drug deal assault

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Staff report A Lincoln County minor is facing robbery charges following a physical altercation during a drug deal on Saturday. When Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on the scene at Westdale Lane in Lincolnton, Christian Ramos, 20, of Denver, told them that he had been stabbed in the arm…