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Grandmother taking kids to school dies in car wreck

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A 54-year-old woman died in a crash in Vale on Thursday after being hit by an oncoming SUV on the driver’s side of her vehicle, causing the car to flip multiple times at the intersection of Dan Rhyne Road and Cat Square Road. The car landed…

For the Love of Trucks: Local show celebrates 14 years

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When the Southern Classic Truck show kicks of on the morning of Sept. 12, Lincolnton’s Brad Wike will celebrate what has become the largest big rig show in the southeast. “We have watched the show grow to where we have some pretty incredible sponsors and we…

City loses six cops, salaries cited as a primary issue

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Chief Rodney Jordan: ‘Salaries need to be adjusted nationwide’ PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Over the last three months, the Lincolnton Police Department has seen six patrolmen resign from their posts. Police Chief Rodney Jordan said that there are a few factors at work but salary appears to be the biggest…

Catawba trio charged with trafficking cocaine

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Staff report Three Catawba County men have been charged with trafficking cocaine by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The undercover operation was conducted on Wednesday near the 3800 block of Maiden Highway in Lincolnton. Deputies said the suspects arrived and more than 40 grams of cocaine were sold to an…

City denies dumping sludge into river, calls for state investigation

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An accusation of environmental violations at Lincolnton’s water treatment plant brought multiple denials from the city administration and elected officials, but the allegations have led the city to request a state-level investigation. According to a source close to the water plant and its operations, the facility…

Man pleads not guilty to murder

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Derek Williams entered a not guilty plea Tuesday, setting the stage for a jury trial that, if a conviction is handed down, could keep the 28-year-old behind bars for more than 40 years. Williams is facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Sherry Jo Tobeler.…

Fundraiser will keep Christian Ministry afloat for a month

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincolnton’s Christian Ministry received another big boost recently, this time from an ice cream fundraiser that will benefit the organization’s soup kitchen. Seven local potters made pottery for the event, held Sunday at Salem Lutheran and United Church of Christ. For a minimum $15 donation, patrons…

Attorney who stole $1.5 million has hearing postponed, again

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Peter Capece was scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Friday, but the disbarred Denver attorney’s contempt hearing was delayed for a second time. “This hearing has been continued due to Mr. Capece’s filing for federal bankruptcy protection which triggers an automatic stay of civil court…

Deputies: Men trafficked 50 grams of methamphetamine into county

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Staff report Two Lincolnton men, both convicted felons, were charged with trafficking methamphetamine on Friday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Ronald Keith Scronce, 59, of 928 White Street, and Scotty Michael Crouse, 41, of 2167 Stanley Drive, were charged after a nearly three-month-long investigation into the sale of meth.…

Artist leads Lincoln Cultural Center façade mosaic project

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Tiles to be sold to benefit Arts Council of Lincoln County PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A local artist will offer her talents to the Lincoln Cultural Center as part of a membership drive for the Arts Council of Lincoln County. Mosaic artist Laura Proctor will contribute a centerpiece for a…

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