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Industries recognized for milestones

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      SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Local industry leaders gathered for the 2012 Milestone Achievement Awards Ceremony at the Lincoln Cultural Center on Thursday afternoon to honor businesses that have been in Lincoln County for significant periods of time. The event, which was sponsored by the Lincoln Economic…

Iron Station women accused of running insurance scam

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   State authorities recently arrested two Iron Station women for allegedly conspiring together in January to commit insurance fraud. According to a Department of Insurance press release, Jessica Shamere Key, 29, and Christona Shante Ross 29, both of 2571 Hudson Poultry Road, sought an Allstate…

County debates old hospital, old school

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   What do to with an old hospital and an old school in Lincolnton were at the center of attention Monday night as the Lincoln County Board of Commissions met for a special work session. Having previously delayed action on both, commissioners talked in more…

Church official charged with rape

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A local church official is accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl in the county nearly a decade ago. Brandon James Carter, 33, of 4294 Royal Oaks Drive in Lincolnton, is accused of raping a 13-year-old female at a Lincoln County residence in August…

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…