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State finds increasing problems at Lincolnton nursing home

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The number of citations issued by state inspectors for Cardinal Healthcare and Rehab, a nursing home in Lincolnton, have been steadily rising over the past three years. In 2016, Cardinal received 10 deficiencies, it received seven in 2015 and none in 2014, bringing that facility’s…

Former Apple Queen’s modeling career taking off

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Getting into modeling late and quite by chance, Erica Miller is now juggling the schedule of a full-time college student and a professional model. It started for her when she competed in the Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant when she was 16. “I didn’t even…

Deputies: Man sold stolen guns to detective’s friend

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Staff report A Huntersville man has been charged with breaking into a Lincolnton home and stealing more than $3,000 in guns and ammunition. Deputies said Thomas Owen King, 31, of Henderson Park Drive, broke into a home on Stoney Ridge Road and stole five guns and ammunition on Jan. 2.…

Mountain Joy performing with Lowesville Gospel Concerts

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Mountain Joy will be returning to the stage at Lowesville Gospel Concerts on Saturday at Living Word Ministries in Stanley. Based out of Waynesville, Mountain Joy is a family group that plays gospel music. “God has given us the opportunity to travel and sing and…

Use of county SWAT team declines

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has significantly dialed back the use of its SWAT team over the past year. The unit hasn’t been fully deployed since a raid in May that netted three arrests and six ounces of methamphetamine. An analysis conducted by the Lincoln Times-News…

Lincolnton blacksmith keeps up practice of ancient art

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Using the fire in a forge fed by bituminous charcoal, several different types of hammers, pliers and an anvil made in 1895, Scott Beam creates works of art out of iron at his smithy in Lincolnton. Originally, he learned how to shoe horses because he…

State legislature goes back into session

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina General Assembly will begin its 2017 session this afternoon in Raleigh. Tension has continued to mount between newly-elected Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, and a legislature dominated by Republicans who hold veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate. Cooper spoke about reconciliation during…

MLK events begin Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Three days of events celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy will begin in Lincolnton on Saturday. King, who would be 88 if he were still alive today, was a firm believer that all people have the capacity to make a difference no…

Planning board hears three rezoning cases

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners held its first meeting of the new year on Monday evening. Three public hearings presented in front of the planning board highlighted the agenda, which also included the consideration of a grant awarded to the Lincoln County Public Library and…

Trials continued for teacher, entertainer charged in child predator sting

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Two men arrested by the Lincolnton Police Department during an online child predator sting operation were scheduled to appear in court last week, but each had their case continued to a date in March. Ricky Kelvin Carpenter, Jr., of Lincolnton, a former Lincoln County Schools teacher,…