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Cross Connection does work on local homes

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Since moving to his Pine Wood Drive residence a few years ago, Phillip Helms has been unable to utilize his power wheelchair, but thanks to Concord-based nonprofit group Carolina Cross Connection (CCC), his residence now has a new ramp for his ride. “He never had…

King’s Office Supply celebrates 60 years

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   This year marks the 60th anniversary of King’s Office Supply in downtown Lincolnton, one of the few storefronts to have remained unchanged for so long on East Main Street. The store is also one of only a couple of local independent and family-owned businesses whose…

Details emerge in firefighter investigation

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   As Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate an embezzlement case involving two eastern county fire departments, the targeted agencies speak out about this month’s shocking situation. Denver Fire Department’s Public Information Officer Dion Burleson, who is handling media inquiries in the case for both…

Woman with local ties is oldest licensed auctioneer in state

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SARAH LOWERY   Staff Writer   A Lincolnton native is the oldest-living licensed auctioneer in the state. Josie Graves, whose family has been in Lincolnton for generations, is 96 years old, and yet she still has no plans to retire. She has been teaching auctioneering for 41 years at Lenoir…

Criminal Charges 7-19-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:     Stephen Andrea Pitton, 31, of 2195 Diamond Ln. in Vale was charged July 14 with one count each of assault on a female by a male over 18 yrs. of age and injury to real property. A $2,000 bond…

Amity Lane residents on their own

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Residents of the Trinity Farms neighborhood in Iron Station will be faced with finding a solution on their own for the washed-out bridge on Amity Lane, with little help available from either Lincoln County or the N.C. Department of Transportation since the road is private. Interim…

County makes meth bust

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Maiden man tried to produce a one-pot meth lab in the parking lot of a Lincolnton business Monday evening, deputies said. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy riding through the area spotted Brent Allen Stidham shaking up the homemade ingredients in his vehicle in…

‘Do you see what I see?’ shown in Lincolnton

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      Cultural Center hosts rehearsal for inspirational play JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “I’ve always had a vivid imagination,” Lincolnton playwright and director Earline Smith said. She is set to showcase her next production “Do You See What I See” 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. The…

Counties unite for disaster readiness

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LTN Staff Report Lincoln County is joining with two others to create a regional plan for how best to prepare for when disaster strikes. Lincoln, Gaston and Cleveland counties are together forming a Hazard Mitigation Council, which held its first meeting on July 9 in Cherryville. As of now, every…

City man injured in shooting

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer  A Lincolnton man shot another man in the side and leg during an altercation Monday evening, sending him to the hospital, deputies said. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Jeffery Loranzie Byrd, 45, used a .22 caliber pistol to shoot Jeffrey Dean Tucker, 47, twice…