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Trafficking charge for W.Va. man

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Billings JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement team reported seizing illegal pills from a West Virginia man Wednesday afternoon during a routine vehicle stop on U.S. 321. Michael Allen Billings, 20, of Route 19 Trace Branch Hollow in Squire, W.Va., was traveling northbound…

Training firefighters for confined space

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   More than 20 city and county firefighters have been receiving specialized training in confined-space rescue (CSR) since Tuesday. Lincolnton Fire Department, which is hosting part of the two-week training, is currently designated as the county’s CSR team, Chief Mike Lee said. Since 1990, city fire…

Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity among groups chosen for project

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County was recently chosen as one of eight non-profit organizations in the Charlotte region to receive several hours of service aid next month as part of a local marketing firm’s “Design Challenge” project. Moonlight Creative Group in Charlotte chose…

Winery to host ‘Spooktacular’ for kids

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  MARTHA K. SEAGLE, STAFF WRITER   WoodMill Festival Grounds in Vale will host the third annual Family Spooktacular on Saturday to raise awareness about the Partnership for Children of Gaston and Lincoln County and the services it provides. The event begins at noon and goes until 4 p.m. at…

Senior Citizens Craft Fair set for Saturday

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MARTHA K. SEAGLE, STAFF WRITER   Looking for a unique gift or for holiday decorations to spruce up your home? Check out the Senior Citizens Craft Fair 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Boger City United Methodist Church, East Main Street in Lincolnton. Betty Jo Barger and Ken Saine…

Double vote under state investigation

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State investigator Marshall Tutor will look into why a Lincolnton man voted twice before Election Day, with voting fraud charges possible. SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER   A citizen’s extra vote in Lincolnton City elections has been thrown out, but the matter has been handed over to the state for investigation.…

No charges in death of man struck by car

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   Authorities have decided not to press charges in a fatal incident last week in which a man was struck by a vehicle on a Cherryville roadway. John Nelson Borders, 53, of Shelby, was traveling down North Drive in Cherryville when authorities said a man stepped…

Police: Hold-up suspect caught trying to ditch ‘silver knife’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   Lincolnton Police arrested a Cherryville man accused of robbing a Lincolnton convenience store early Monday morning. The incident comes as one of many armed robberies across the county in recent months. Bruce Lee Strickland, 32, of 2703 Lincolnton Highway in Cherryville, was apprehended while walking…

A hero remembered

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Suspect’s brother arrested in break-ins

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   A relative of a man who was apprehended last week for his alleged involvement in a string of home invasions in Lincolnton has also been charged in the break-ins, police said. On Friday, police arrested Dustin Keith Hunsucker, 20, whose address is unknown, according to…