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Stanley residents arrested on felony meth charges

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Staff report Two Stanley residents have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit arrested Ashley Nicole Hunsucker, 29, and William Dean Littrell, 38, both of 5719 Country Lane, on Wednesday after deputies executed a search warrant at the home. Detectives seized items used in methamphetamine…

Three men charged for Lincolnton break-ins

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Staff report Three men have been charged in connection with a string of recent break-ins at a business complex on Motz Avenue in Lincolnton. Lincolnton Police Department officers said that, during one of the break-ins, the business owner and officers interrupted the suspects, who fled on foot, but that evidence…

LCHA to host black history event, SAR workshop on Saturday

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Eastern Lincoln County Historical Society, a branch of the Lincoln County Historical Association will host an event on Saturday celebrating black history in eastern Lincoln County. LCHA will also sponsor a workshop for the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. With a successful community…

Rural economic development discussed at roundtable

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Rep. Jason Saine teamed up with the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce last week to host a Rural Economic Roundtable with business leaders from across the area at Lincoln County Economic Development headquarters in Lincolnton. Topics addressed on Feb. 10 included the need for…

Valentine’s 5K race set for Saturday

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Cowan’s Ford Country Club will have an Olympic presence at this year’s Valentine’s Day 5K and Fun Run. New York native Anthony Famiglietti will be on hand signing autographs at the race, which starts at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 20. Famiglietti, who attended both Appalachian State…

Lincolnton YMCA celebrates 15 years

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  PHIL PERRY Senior Writer For 15 years, the Lincolnton branch of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has served the community.  A birthday party at the facility on Monday served as a reminder of what the Lincoln County Family YMCA has meant to Lincolnton and what looks to be continued…

Lincolnton man gets 8 years for woman’s death

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for running over a Denver woman. Derek Williams pleaded guilty to the 2013 killing of Sherry Tobeler on Tuesday. Williams killed Tobeler with her own truck and left her in the road near the intersection of Highway…

Cherryville man arrested for shooting

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Staff report A Cherryville man has been charged with shooting a Lincolnton man. James Todd Small, 53, of Eaker Road, was charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury for allegedly shooting David Scott Greene, 44, of Lincoln View Road, with a .22-caliber pistol.…

Councilman Les Cloninger to resign

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton Councilman John “Les” Cloninger will resign from his seat on the City Council on Thursday, according to a public meeting notice sent out by the city. Cloninger was beginning his 17th year in the elected seat, which he secured again in the November election. “His…

Cherryville man charged with assaulting girlfriend

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Staff report A western Lincoln County man has been charged with assaulting and kidnapping his girlfriend on Sunday. Franklin Luther Beam IV, 35, of Hills-Gates Trail in Cherryville, is accused of assaulting his girlfriend with a metal broomstick and his fists and choking her into unconsciousness. Deputies said the victim…