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Man fatally burned in yard fire

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    JENNA-LEYHARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln County man is dead following a fiery accident Monday afternoon in the backyard of his residence, located in the north-central part of the county. Edward Rowe Sr., 75, of 2304 Maiden-Salem Rd. in Lincolnton, was burning grass when flames somehow jumped onto…

Woman injured in blaze

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Apartment fire sends resident to hospital   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton woman was transported to a Winston-Salem hospital Monday night after a blaze started in her bedroom, burning her body, fire officials said. Lincolnton Fire Chief Mike Lee said the 57-year-old woman was lying in bed inside…

Judge: No bond for murder suspect

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln County murder suspect appeared disoriented and disheveled Monday morning during his first court appearance. Jerry Alvin Black Jr., 41, of 1225 Untold Way in Lincolnton, told Judge Ali B. Paksoy that he was not aware of the charges he faced and that…

Chinese manufacturer schedules announcement for Thursday in Denver

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  Staff reports   When a small power-equipment company in Denver was purchased by a Chinese firm last month, the news received some attention and speculation in regional news media. But an industrial announcement event Thursday morning for Chongqing-based RATO that is being held at Verdict Ridge Country Club in…

Former school principal John Gilleland Sr., 79, dies

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer John O. Gilleland Sr., father of Lincolnton’s mayor and former S. Ray Lowder Elementary School principal, has passed away at the age of 79. He died late Monday afternoon after a long struggle with kidney issues, according to correspondence between members of the Lincolnton Rotary…

Convicted sexual offender arrested for Facebook page

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Maiden man convicted of a sex crime nearly a decade ago was jailed over the weekend after deputies said he illegally accessed a social networking site. According to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office warrant, Lester Scott Turner, 40, of 4760 Kemp Dellinger Road…

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…