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Police: Fraud committed by bank employee

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department issued a press release on Thursday clearing the original suspect officers identified in a recent bank fraud in Boger City. The suspect, whose photograph was distributed by the department, was thought to have committed bank fraud by withdrawing $2,000 from an elderly…

Local woman to donate kidney to fellow LHS alumna

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer More than 1,100 miles currently separate Renee Drum and Allison Obert, but come this fall, the two Lincolnton High School graduates will share more than an alma mater and a home town. On Nov. 1, Drum will make the flight to Obert’s home in Houston, Texas…

Boger City furniture company expanding east

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A Boger City furniture manufacturing company celebrated the grand opening of its new retail store in Denver this week. David Faulkner is the owner and mastermind behind Faulkner’s Upholstery in Boger City and, now, Faulkner’s Custom Furniture in Denver. With more than 20 years of experience…

City Council members share vision for Lincolnton’s future

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council gathered for a special called meeting Wednesday, with members holding their first Strategic Planning Meeting of the fiscal year. At a City Council meeting earlier this summer, council members expressed an interest in developing a strategic plan or vision for the city’s future,…

Maiden man gets 20 years for heroin

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Maiden man was convicted on Tuesday in Lincoln County Superior Court after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin. Jeremy William Smith, 38, of 204 W. Boyd Street in Maiden, was convicted of trafficking heroin by possession level 3 and trafficking heroin by transport level 3. He…

Vale woman still missing after 3 months

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer After three months, there is still no sign of Toasha Rice. The 27-year-old from western Lincoln County was last seen on May 26 at a friend’s house on Eaker Road, getting into a black four-door sedan with a white female driver. She has not been seen…

Back in the classroom

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Sewing is in business owner’s blood

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For Rachel Freeman, owner of Alterations and Sew Much More, the art of sewing is a craft the women in her family have passed down from generation to generation. “My mother and my grandmother are both seamstresses,” Freeman said. “In my grandmother’s day, you know, it…

Prescription abuse, heroin use on the rise

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer According to the North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, unintentional poisoning deaths in the state have risen 300 percent since 1999. From 1999 to 2012, a recorded 1,382 poisoning deaths have been reported. Of those 1,382, a…

Could cruising make a comeback?

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Charity event brings back memories of a bygone era ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Downtown Lincolnton was swarming with traffic Saturday night as residents participated in the fourth annual Cruisin’ for A Cause. A fundraiser, the event raises money for four local non-profit organizations: the Hesed House of Hope, the Lincoln…