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Woman charged with stealing diamond ring, guitar

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Staff report A 29-year-old Iron Station woman has been charged with stealing a diamond ring and a Fender guitar from her mother. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Teresa Shipes Hoyle, of Hudson Poultry Road, stole a diamond ring in 2014 and a Fender Stratocaster in 2015. She was arrested…

Beam, Oakes named to county leadership posts

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A changing of the guard occurred during the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday. Newly elected commissioners Anita McCall and Rich Permenter were officially sworn in, replacing long-time commissioner Alex Patton and former chairwoman Cecelia Martin. Bill Beam was chosen to serve as the…

John Leatherman named mayor of Cat Square

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The votes are in and John Leatherman has been elected to serve as the 43rd mayor of Cat Square. “This is a total surprise,” Leatherman said. “I didn’t really expect to be nominated and I wasn’t even aware that I had been nominated until I got…

Carriage rides come back to Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Lincolnton with a little bit of seasonal nostalgia returning. Jimmy Parlier and his father, James, started offering horse-drawn carriage rides Thursday evening. These carriage rides have been a tradition in Lincolnton for more than 10…

Another charter school proposed for Lincoln County

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County may be home to another charter school by 2018. An application for a new charter school was filed by Aaron Hoegle of Denver with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Office of Charter Schools. West Lake Preparatory Academy would be located in…

Lincolnton man charged with gas station robbery

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with robbing a gas station in the city. Jessie Allen Adams, 30, of 851 Carolina Mill Circle, was charged by the Lincolnton Police Department with using a knife to rob the One Stop gas station, located at 401 W. Main Street in…

World War II veterans look back as Pearl Harbor Day approaches

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A number of local World War II veterans will gather outside the Lincoln County courthouse on Wednesday morning for a Pearl Harbor Day observance to honor the brave men and women who lost their lives on that infamous day. “Several years ago we received a proclamation…

Tim Smith appointed to City Council

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Tim Smith to the board in place of Devin Rhyne, who announced his resignation at the conclusion that day’s meeting. Smith, like Rhyne, is a Republican who resides inside the Ward 1 precinct. Smith was born and…

New members set to join Lincoln County Board of Education

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Two new members of the Lincoln County Board of Education will be sworn in on Dec. 13 – David Kirk Herbertson in District Three seat and Heather Rhyne in an at-large seat. “I’d like to continue to build on the success that our schools have…

Hesed House of Hope in need of help

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Hesed House of Hope, Lincoln County’s only homeless shelter, has been operating for the past two months in the face of significant budgetary challenges. To make matters worse, the shelter is already nearing its capacity of 30 clients despite unusually warm temperatures, a number it…

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