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Men accused of theft from murder scene

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two Shelby men have been charged with stealing a motorcycle from a Lincoln County murder site, the Sheriff’s Office said. The men told deputies just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday that they were at Rosehill Drive in Lincolnton to repossess a Harley Davidson owned by one of…

Fire damages DSS

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Part of a Lincoln County public building sustained fire damage Tuesday afternoon after police said someone set a homeless man’s cart on fire near the structure. The Department of Social Services building received about $20,000 in damage in the fiery incident, according to a police report.…

Teen gets two decades for attempted murder

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A second teen involved in a high-speed chase through Lincoln and two other counties this past fall is headed to state prison. Brandon Bridges, 19, of Little River, S.C., received five consecutive sentences Tuesday in a Gaston County Superior courtroom, the Clerk of Court’s Office said.…

Woman charged for meth

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Sheriff’s Office said a deputy stopped a vehicle carrying methamphetamine Thursday morning along U.S. 321. Officers charged the driver, Paula Shrewsbury Rudisill, 42, of 4197 Kent Street in Maiden, with multiple drug charges. According to a report, Deputy J. Robbins stopped her vehicle around 2:15…

NC Senate gets an ‘F’ from local teachers

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor A group of teachers at Lincolnton High School have given a failing grade to the North Carolina Senate for its budget proposal. The teachers gathered for a photograph while holding pieces of paper with a large “F” printed on them on Wednesday as part of the…

Lincolnton Comes Alive

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Turner named ‘First-Responder of the Year’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services recently named local volunteer firefighter Mark Turner the county’s 2013 First-Responder of the Year. The annual award, which wasn’t handed out last year due to the lack of an EMS luncheon, honors one local first responder, both nominated and voted on…

Man accused of wife’s murder appears at first court date

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        JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A Lincoln County murder suspect stood before a judge Tuesday in district court for the man’s first appearance since allegedly shooting his wife to death over the weekend. Terry Lee White, 54, of 1243 Rose Hill Drive in Lincolnton, has…

Pastor battles rare form of cancer, medical bills

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   It’s been nearly four years since local pastor and volunteer firefighter Robert Mitschke received news he had an incurable disease, but it wasn’t until this spring he started the treatment necessary to prolong his life. Bethphage Lutheran Church’s head pastor since 2007 and…

Alive After Five concert series kicks off Thursday

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    LTN Staff Reports   There’s only one day left until Lincoln County’s most popular summer concert series kicks off in the heart of downtown Lincolnton. The 2013 Alive After Five series will commence 6 p.m. Thursday in front of the courthouse on West Main Street. The Downtown Development…