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Fire Dept. puts sex offender suspect on leave

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Denver Fire Department is speaking out about one of its own who was recently arrested for inappropriately touching a child. As previously reported, Landon Kirk McMahon, 20, of 4517 Catawba Burris Road in Denver, was charged Friday with one felony count each of first degree…

Students lift voices in ‘Annie’

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Drama teacher sees parallels between Depression-era themes, current times JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer More than 60 Lincoln County students are inviting audiences to experience the tears, laughter and love behind North Lincoln High School’s musical production of Annie. The show, set to run tonight through Sunday, is one of three…

County backs incentives to go green

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Businesses that invest in energy-conserving, non-polluting commercial and industrial facilities may start getting a financial boost in Lincoln County. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal Monday for incentives for the construction of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) industrial and commercial office buildings.…

Schools plan annual food show Thurs.

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Child Nutrition Department of Lincoln County Schools will host its third annual Lincoln County Food Show on Thursday, in collaboration with the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA) and the Carolina Panthers. This year’s theme will be “Breakfast is Brain Fuel,” and the event will…

Spread of meth labs driving surge in busts

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Meth lab busts have recently reached a record high in North Carolina, according to various news media outlets, and local authorities have said Lincoln County is no exception. Law enforcement destroyed nearly 350 meth labs statewide last year, according to an article from The News &…

Holding out hope

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Fundraisers may allow spina bifida victim Sammy Stiles to get stem-cell treatments JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Three-year-old Sammy Stiles is frilly and feisty. She has no problem digging in the dirt or decorating her blonde locks with a brightly-colored bow. Her five-year-old brother James, is her hero, and she never…

Rezoning for camping in county spotlight

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County commissioners will conduct two zoning public hearings on proposals that could lead to a new campground in the county’s southwestern corner during tonight’s meeting. They will also discuss a proposal for incentives to construct Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) industrial and…

Denver man accused of sex offense with child

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Denver man was placed behind bars Friday for allegedly touching a child friend in a sexual manner at his home two months ago. Landon Kirk McMahon, 20, of 4517 Catawba Burris Road, faces one felony count each of first degree sexual offense (victim under 13)…

Time of Restoration rehearsal

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Musicians rehearse for a performance during the Tiempo de Restauracion or Time of Restoration event Friday afternoon at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. The event, which brought together Hispanic Christians from Apostolic Assembly churches all over North and South Carolina was organized by Lincolnton Pastor Hugo Ramos.…

Fugitive pulled from underneath house

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Gaston County K-9 unit aided Lincoln County deputies and federal authorities in pulling a Kings Mountain fugitive from beneath an area home Thursday morning where the suspect had allegedly been hiding from law enforcement officials. Ricky Lewis Carroll Jr., 26, of 105 First…