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Deputies puzzled by ‘Routine Cowboy’ vandalism

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Vandals targeted at least five businesses in the eastern part of the county over the weekend, spray-painting the same two words on every building, deputies said. Patrol officers discovered the words “Routine Cowboy” painted on buildings belonging to Midtown Sundries, ALDI Foods, Showmars Restaurant,…

Earline Johnson, 1947-2012

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Friends remember county’s first black female deputy   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Current and former local leaders of the law enforcement field reminisced this week about the life and legacy of one of their own, Earline Johnson, Lincoln County’s first African-American female deputy, who died over the weekend. “Earline…

Lincoln groups aid S.C. VFD after BBQ goes bad

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Denver Fire Department and a Lincoln County church have pitched in funds for an out-of-state fire department to purchase new equipment after the agency canceled a much-anticipated fundraiser last week due an unexpected food catastrophe. According to various news media reports, Rock Hill’s Oakdale…

Sharing ‘Bowls of Hope’

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Learning about polio in local history

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    Author visits Love Memorial   SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Students at Love Memorial Elementary School in Lincolnton came face-to-face on Tuesday with an author whose book they recently read. Joyce Moyer Hostetter, author of the book “Blue,” spoke to and signed books for fourth- and fifth-grade students…

Deadly highway to get DOT attention

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Changes may soon be coming to an intersection on N.C. 150 near Denver that some have called dangerous, according to an announcement last week from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. After an extensive traffic study, the NCDOT is proposing plans to modify the intersection of…

Woman pleads guilty to murder

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Shelby woman will no longer travel to Lincoln County for a murder trial Monday after pleading guilty in a Cleveland County courtroom last week and being sentenced to nearly 20 years behind bars. Kathy Lynn Swafford, of 867-30 E. Zion Church Road in Shelby, will…

Suspect arrested in theft of motorcyle

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County deputies aided Catawba County authorities last week in apprehending a man accused of stealing a South Carolina man’s motorcycle. A local citizen told authorities that Andre Lee Cordova Smith, 37, of 2324 North St. in Lincolnton, tried to sell him a stolen motorcycle, according…

Iron Station 4th-graders present play

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Iron Station Elementary School fourth-graders put on a show Friday afternoon that both entertained and educated audience members. In a musical and comedic play entitled “Pirates from Grammar Island,” students sang about and taught important lessons of grammar, while also eliciting quite a few laughs. Dressed…

If the slipper fits

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