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Woman found fatally stabbed

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton man is accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death inside their city home Friday afternoon. Police responded to 1225 Untold Way in Lincolnton around 1:30 p.m. where 41-year-old Jerry Alvin Black Jr., claimed his girlfriend Jennifer Costner, also of the same residence, had…

Break-ins off NC 150 still being investigated

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said vehicular break-ins have slowed down in the last week after a string of incidents in neighborhoods around north N.C. 150 flooded the reports earlier this month. According to Lt. Tim Johnson, head of criminal investigations, deputies have had…

Pumpkin Center artist to be featured at Portgual exhibit

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      Karen Banker’s “Ode to Rothko” is an example of what she calls her “abstract expressionism.”   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “The artist may control the process, but the paint is always in control,” local artist Karen Banker said. Starting Saturday, Banker’s artwork will be on display…

Auction of Schwan site in Crouse planned

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  This Crouse building, the former site of Schwan Food Company, is going up for auction next month. SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The former facility of The Schwan Food Company on Old Lincolnton Road in Crouse will be up for auction on March 22. Five other surplus facilities of…

Habitat playhouse raffle set for next month

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Less than three weeks are left to purchase raffle tickets for Habitat for Humanity’s playhouse fundraiser drawing next month. The 6-by-10 feet wooden structure, built by students from Lincoln County’s School of Technology under the direction of carpentry teacher Clay Ledford, will be awarded…

Schools back educational forest plan

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education unanimously approved the drafting of a letter showing support for the Mountain Island Educational State Forest at Wednesday’s meeting. Superintendent Sherry Hoyle will draft the letter, which will then be up for approval. Laura Shidal, supervisor of the forest, presented…

Deputies: 911 call helps catch thieves

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Three men were arrested after a neighbor spotted them stealing an A/C unit from an unoccupied residence in Lincolnton Thursday morning, according to deputies. The incident occurred just before 10 a.m. at a home on Drew Drive, where two of the suspects lived, authorities said. According…

Police short on leads in downtown break-ins

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Blood samples could change case JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer More than a week after thieves targeted a number of businesses in downtown Lincolnton, police said they still remain empty-handed as far as case leads. Detectives said they’re waiting for blood samples to return from the crime lab. Blood was found…

Autopsy shows inmate died of natural causes

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Autopsy results have revealed how the husband of a Shelby woman, who is set to be tried for murder in Lincoln County next month, died earlier this week in his Cleveland County jail cell. Eight days after 45-year-old Dwight Stacy Justice, an overweight smoker, was convicted…

County refinances debt to save $1.6 million

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   After successful refinancing efforts last month, County Manager George Wood’s office announced that another bond issuance conducted Tuesday will save the county more than $1.6 million over the 12-year life of the bonds. According to the news release, the county refinanced $17.2 million of…