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Tech issues result in late food stamps

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Due to this month’s technological issues with the NC FAST software executed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division of Social Services, some Lincoln County citizens have not received their food stamps on time. According to the DHHS website,…

Pastor in jail after coke, bank robbery arrest

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than three weeks after a Lincolnton pastor was arrested on a cocaine charge in Florida, he remains behind bars awaiting extradition to South Carolina for accusations he robbed a bank there, according to the Chester Police Department. Chester police, with aid from City of Gastonia…

Wood named to state library commission

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   George Wood, the recently retired manager of Lincoln County, has been appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to serve on the North Carolina State Library Commission. The announcement came this week in a round of other personnel appointments made by the governor. Wood, who stepped…

Home of Cherryville’s first mayor up for auction

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer     The home of Cherryville’s first mayor, Melvin Rudisill, is set to be auctioned off next Saturday. Built in 1890, the two-story Victorian structure features more than 3,300 square feet of living space, six fireplaces, five bedrooms, two baths, a walk-up attic, as well as…

Lincoln native’s ‘Hunger Games’ tours a big business

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer     A Lincolnton native has found big business with offering an inside look at the filming sites of a popular movie made in Western North Carolina. In May of 2012, not even two months after the theatrical release of “The Hunger Games” movie adaptation,…

Maiden man accused of assaulting deputy

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Maiden man is accused of punching a deputy in the face Saturday, sending the officer to the hospital. Grady Adam Allen, 30, of 1391 Goldrock Trail, has since been evaluated at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. However, the facility found no reason…

Track and field renovations looking good at Lincolnton High School

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Hydroponic, synthetic marijuana use rises

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two kinds of highly potent marijuana are on the rise in Lincoln County as recent nationwide drug trends hit area streets, city and county narcotics investigators said. Officers with both Lincolnton Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office have encountered synthetic and hydroponic versions…

Officers seek information after vehicles damaged, person injured in weekend BB gun shooting spree

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police said at least three men in a vehicle used a BB gun to shoot one person and over 20 vehicles in Lincolnton over the weekend. Officers have yet to make arrests in the case and are asking for help in identifying the suspects…

No charges yet from a knife fight between brothers

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Two brothers stabbed each other during an argument along a Lincolnton roadway, police said. Officers responded just after 11 p.m. Saturday to an area near the 1600 block of East Main Street and spotted a man lying in the roadway, bleeding from his…