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Deputies: Thieves targeting unlocked cars

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Sheriff’s Office authorities said a high number of unlocked vehicles and outbuildings have been broken into this month in areas east of Lincolnton. Lt. Tim Johnson, head of criminal investigations, said the incidents are more than likely connected since they’ve all been occurring within a five-mile…

Priest hopes Catholics unhappy with changes will join new community

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Catawba County resident and Catholic priest Father Tom Sanford isn’t too happy about recent changes made to the Church’s liturgy and mass. As a result, he plans to start a new faith-filled community in the area disconnected from and without the approval of the Roman Catholic…

Gus’ shadow forecast foggy

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Groundhog enthusiasts bring celebration to Lincoln schools SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Groundhog’s Day was celebrated in full force by members of the Lincoln County Groundhog Association on Thursday. Across the country, watchers of groundhog Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania saw him view his own shadow, thereby, according to legend, predicting six…

Quilter dedicates work to vets, military

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Sewing, particularly quilt-making, has been in Frances Martin’s family for at least three generations. “My grandma and mom quilted, so I just grew up around quiltmakers,” she said. “We had to, to stay warm.” She also noted that her dad sews. As a little girl living…

Commissioners: Shall we pray?

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Commissioner Jim Klein bows his head during the invocation at the start of Monday’s county meeting.   Courts leave counties uncertain of invocation legality SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A recent court decision regarding sectarian prayer at government sessions may prohibit the types of invocations given before meetings of the…

Police: String of break-ins not work of ‘rocket scientists’

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  Broken glass litters the sidewalk outside one of the downtown Lincolnton stores broken into early Tuesday.   Crimes may have been bungled attempt to access jewelry store   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police are investigating a handful of break-ins that occurred early Tuesday morning at businesses located along…

County facing loss of two department heads

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Retiring County Finance Director Leon Harmon (right) accepts a plaque recognizing his admission to the “Order of the Longleaf Pine” from County Commission Chairman Alex Patton during Monday’s commissioners meeting. Harmon receives ‘Order of the Longleaf Pine’ SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County is now tasked with replacing two…

Deputies: Fugitive, theft suspect found

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies said an Iredell County man accused of stealing car parts from a Lincoln County location earlier this month is also wanted in a neighboring state for forging checks. Roman Fred Zabinski, 45, of 128 Tennant Lane in Mooresville, removed six Porsche air…

Suspect in store theft tied to drugs

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies said they located marijuana, heroin and drug paraphernalia on an Iron Station man following his attempts to take products from a Denver store over the weekend. Sheriff’s deputies spotted Ronald Lee Hoyle Jr., 27, of Hudson Poultry Road, as he was exiting the…

Pumpkin Center VFD breaks ground for new station

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department recently broke ground on a new station, according to department chief Shaun Drum. It’s taken six years for the project to turn into a reality, Drum noted. “We wanted to make sure everything was in order,” he said. Fire…