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Around Town 9/28/2007

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SINGING The Golden Valley Crusaders will be singing at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Plainsview Church off N.C. 182 near Fallston. The community is invited to attend. ACADEMY Redemption Outreach Center Christian Academy, 700 Lithia Inn Road, Lincolnton, is now enrolling for the 2007-2008 school year. Fees include a non-refundable…

Store’s employees robbed

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Lincolnton Police officials said employees were robbed outside the Dollar Tree store on 644 Center Drive at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Two employees were leaving the store with the day’s deposits when they were approached by two black men. “They had bandanas on their faces and one had a rifle,”…

Senior staying young helping others find jobs

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Sara Ratchford, regional assistant for the Senior Community Service Employment Program, is a big fan of National Employ Older Workers Week. “We want to focus attention on older workers and the need for them to be employed,” she said. Ratchford, who spends her own work finding employment for older workers,…

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…

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…