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Rose garden supporters seek public’s help

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   With more than 30 purple, yellow, red, pink and white rose bushes in full bloom for the city each spring, summer and fall, the Tracy Jenkins Memorial Rose Garden is a staple in the Lincolnton community. However, the beautiful buds are in need…

Cherryville finance director sentenced for embezzlement

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The City of Cherryville’s former finance director will spend two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $400,000 in city funds over a six-year period, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in the Western district of North Carolina. A…

Extension offers local healthy living program

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Individuals living with chronic conditions now have another opportunity to learn how to best manage their symptoms. North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Senior Services will be hosting a “Living Healthy Program.” The six-week program was developed by Stanford University to help individuals with one…

Lincolnton man, 70, shot by cop

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An incident Tuesday in which a York County Sheriff’s deputy shot an unarmed Lincoln County man during a traffic stop near Clover serves as the ninth officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year, officials with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Divison (SLED) said. According…

Business booming for upscale Denver restaurant

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      ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For the past nine months, Lincoln County residents have flocked to one of Denver’s most popular dining experiences. Since its debut last May, Chillfire Bar and Grill has become a staple in East Lincoln cuisine. Restaurant partner Jim Morasso said the restaurant has…

Shelby man hospitalized after wreck on highway

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Shelby man was rushed to a Lincolnton hospital Thursday evening after his vehicle traveled down an embankment on N.C. 150 Bypass, troopers said. Michael Harris, 60, was traveling west down the area roadway when his white Honda Accord hit a fire hydrant and…

Crooked Cherryville officers receive prison sentences

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The last three defendants in a Cherryville police scandal from 2012 were sentenced to prison today in federal court. Frankie Dellinger, 42, Wesley Clayton Golden, 41, and Mark Ray Hoyle, 40, will each spend at least the next year and a half behind bars…

Classic downtown building shows its face

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Area copper thieves hit foreclosed homes

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two recent break-ins at foreclosed Lincoln County residences are part of an ongoing trend among copper thieves to secure fast cash, deputies said. According to Sheriff’s Office reports, officers responded to two break-ins and thefts Saturday at homes on Palm Tree Church Road in…

Vale man charged for meth lab for second time in 3 months

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County narcotics investigators said they arrested a Vale man on meth charges for the second time since December on Tuesday. Drug unit deputies charged Carl Ray Davenport, 39, of 7156 Doyle Beam Memorial Road, with manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance, after…