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New halfway house to serve area women

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Phoenix Counseling Center is preparing to open the first halfway house for substance-abusing women in the three-county region it serves. The effort is part of Lincoln County’s expansion of mental-health services. The home will be located on East McBee Street in Lincolnton. Phoenix currently operates two…

Deputies shocked by response to medicine roundups

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a medicine drop at agency headquarters this weekend to rid local streets of prescription pills and help cut down on prescription pill abuse, a growing epidemic across the country, according to the Center for Disease Control. Nearly 30,000 Americans…

Getting theatrical at camp

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Lincoln Theatre Guild’s Drama Camp teaches students about acting, stagecraft AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Hippie headbands, peace signs and cereal box jukeboxes are among the props local students are crafting during Lincoln Theatre Guild’s drama camp this week. The group split the camp into two one-week sections — one to…

Former school administrator takes the pulpit for Vale congregation

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer After more than three decades as a Lincoln County school administrator, Hazelene Ford answered God’s call on her life to lead a church congregation. Prior to starting July 1 as head pastor at Davis Chapel AME Zion Church in Vale, Ford served several years as a…

Husband charged in knife attack

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An Iron Station man faces assault charges after attacking his wife with a knife over the weekend at their residence, deputies said. Terry Steven Vance, 52, used a kitchen knife to cut his wife’s arms Sunday at their home, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded…

Lincoln grand jury indicts Fla. man for rape of teen

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County grand jury indicted a Florida man Monday on rape charges in connection with a 2009 city case, police said. Officers initially served 41-year-old Juan Rafael Diaz a warrant July 19 with two felony counts each of statutory rape and sex offense, according to…

Improv troupe set to perform on Friday

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer “The language is German, and you are on a tour bus headed to the Grand Canyon for the first time,” Stacey Smith, co-founder of improv group Chasing Parked Cars, instructed her teammates during their practice Tuesday night. The group took turns playing games to get ready…

Teens charged for Klan graffiti

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two Lincoln County teens found themselves behind bars last week after deputies accused them of spray painting racial slurs in front of a property located along a popular area highway. Both Tommy Blake Cantrell, 17, of 5764 Hoover-Elmore Road in Vale, and Brandon Dell…

Break-in rate high during summer, detectives say

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   While overall break-ins in Lincoln County steadily declined over the last three years, they spiked this spring and have continued to transpire at a high rate over the summer months, keeping Sheriff’s Office detectives on their toes. In May, deputies investigated nearly 70 instances…

Lineberger recalled as hero, leader in community

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “He was a man of his word, and a handshake to him was as a good as a legalized document,” Laura Lineberger said of her late father and Lincolnton native Robert Lineberger, who died Saturday from melanoma at age 91. The 1936 Lincolnton High…