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Five charged after undercover investigations

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Staff report Five people are facing felony charges following the conclusion of several Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigations into the sale of methamphetamine and heroin in the county. Four of the suspects have been arrested as a fifth is wanted. Deputies said the suspects all sold drugs to undercover detectives.…

Wife of accused child predator speaks out

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Collette Skamarock saw so many signs that her husband was not being faithful, starting with her discovery of the dark sexual websites that her husband was visiting. The couple has been together for 10 years and just celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary in May. Skamarock…

Lincoln County honors fallen East Lincoln firefighter Josh Warren

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Friday was Joshua Lee Warren Day in Lincoln County, per a proclamation adopted by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last week. The honor was proclaimed to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Warren’s passing, which came at the age of 34 while he was on duty…

Three arrested for having one-pot meth labs in car

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Staff report Three people are facing felony charges after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies found three active one-pot meth labs inside a vehicle. Robert Gregory Wray, 40, and Elizabeth Mary Buchanan, 27, both of Gastonia, and Amanda Dawn Armstrong, 27, of Bessemer City, were arrested early Wednesday morning following a…

‘Rock of Ages’ opens Friday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The stage at the Lincoln Cultural Center will become the legendary Sunset Strip, complete with a glam heavy metal band and rock stars, for the next two weeks with the opening of “Rock of Ages” on Friday at 7 p.m. The musical comedy, presented by…

Race to be held in memory of Sister Mary Norman

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The inaugural Krispy Kreme Challenge 5KRun/Walk will be run in Hickory on June 24 at 8 a.m. This fundraising event will benefit the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization, in memory of Sister Mary Norman, who passed away from carcinoid cancer in August. “The Maryvale…

Two charged in connection with deadly shootout

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Staff report Two people were arrested on Monday in connection with a deadly shootout in Lincolnton on May 6. Terry Lamont Moore, 43, of Raleigh, and Vickie Asbury Currence, 52, of Arrowhead Circle in Gastonia, are accused of going to a home on Painter Lane in Lincolnton on May 6…

Project by former students donates thousands of books to Union Elementary

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A tidal wave of books recently landed in a classroom at Union Elementary School. So many books came in that the overflow is going to other schools in Lincoln County. These books arrived at the school just in time for summer reading thanks to the…

Developer wants to add nearly 250 homes in East Lincoln

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Planning and Inspections Department has scheduled a community involvement meeting regarding yet another proposed subdivision in Denver. M/I Homes of Charlotte is requesting the rezoning of 108 acres from transitional residential to planned development residential to permit a subdivision with 237 single-family detached…

Lincolnton to honor World War II veterans during Fourth of July parade

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A float dedicated to World War II veterans will make its debut next month at the annual Fourth of July parade through downtown Lincolnton. “What we’re hoping to do this year is to draw a much larger group of World War II veterans,” Lincolnton Parade Committee…