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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…

Digh excels sticking with boat business

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For Mike Digh, repairing boats is a family tradition. “I’ve always been in the boat business,” said Digh, of E.B. Digh and Son. “I grew up in it.” In 1953, Digh’s grandfather bought a place on Wilkinson Boulevard in Charlotte. It was a rundown shed when he bought it, but…

Opening Up

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Art classes set for students

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The Arts Council of Lincoln County will launch fall art classes for students ages 8-13. Classes will focus on fine art instruction in drawing and painting and will be taught from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays Each session will run for eight weeks, with the following class schedule:…

Around Town 9/24/2007

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WALK-A-THON SET “Exercise Your Engine” is the theme for this year’s walk-a-thon at Iron Station Elementary. The event is scheduled for Oct. 5. Proceeds from the benefit will help fund playground maintenance. For more information, call the school at (704) 736-4292. SADLER CONCERT The Reggie Sadler Family will be in…

Fifth Generation

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Band director enthusiastic about his job

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Lincolnton High School’s newest band director is not a complicated man. “My hobbies are band … band, and then I sleep,” said David Benfield, who comes to the school from Forest View High School in Gastonia. Benfield devotes an average of 75 hours a week to band during the competitive…

Quilters

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