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Woman accused of stealing from Good Samaritan

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Denver woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in coins, cash and ammunition from a man she and her husband were staying with at the time, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Nadine Marie Gearhart, 38, of 2325 McCloud Street, stole at least $5,000…

Arts Council’s annual Festival of Trees set to begin

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Attendants at this year’s third annual Festival of Trees gala, sponsored by the Arts Council of Lincoln County, may be shocked to find themselves, family members or childhood friends covering the walls of the old Lincolnton hospital. A number of black and white photos depicting life…

Vote delayed after marathon meeting on solar farm

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Tensions were high at the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night as county residents fought against the construction of a solar farm near their neighborhood. The auditorium at the Citizens Center was packed with residents from the SailView neighborhood and others near the proposed…

Agents bust another meth lab

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A western Lincoln County man remains behind bars after deputies said they arrested him Monday for harboring a one-pot methamphetamine lab inside his residence. Narcotics investigators located the lab just before 5:30 p.m. on the 7100 block of Doyle Beam Memorial Road in Vale,…

No fault found with library director

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  Staff report   After completing a month-long investigation, Lincoln County officials have determined that allegations of misconduct, mismanagement and misuse of funds leveled against Library Director Jennifer Sackett appear to be unsupported. Several library employees expressed their concerns to county leadership in late October. According to County Manager Tracy…

New child abuse laws take effect

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The arrival of December brought several new laws regarding child protection into effect in North Carolina. The laws were passed during the last session of the North Carolina’s General Assembly. According to Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, more than 134,000 children from the state were referred…

Blake named Chamber’s Woman of the Year

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer     Lincolnton businesswoman Terri Blake was named the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year at the Chamber’s recent annual banquet. The Lincolnton Business and Professional Women’s Club presented Blake, a lifetime resident of Lincoln County, with the award. “It’s a…

Stroup named Chamber’s Man of the Year

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Chip Stroup of First Federal Savings Bank in Lincolnton was named Lincoln County’s Man of the Year at the recent Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet at the Laboratory Mill in Lincolnton. For the past 40 years, Stroup has been a leader of First Federal…

Local musician planning to make it big in 2014

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton High School graduate Eddie Rosa felt called to be a musician at the young age of 6. He couldn’t resist grabbing the mic and performing songs with his brother inside their eastern Lincoln County home when he was little. Rosa, known more commonly by friends…

Man heads to court to face charges in kids’ deaths

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A man accused in the deaths of his daughter and nephew earlier this year in eastern Lincoln County is set to make his next district court appearance in the case this week. A probable cause hearing for Jordan Keely Arwood, 32, will take place…