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Iron Station sex offender arrested for going on Facebook

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An Iron Station man, who was found guilty of a sex crime more than a decade ago, recently accessed a social networking site, leading to his arrest, deputies said. On Dec. 12, Van Williams, 45, of 1848 Brevard Place Rd., was charged with one felony count…

Overwhelmed by kindness

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Friday family expresses extreme gratitude to Lincolnton community as TV show reveals new home, ministry office FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor With more than 3,000 volunteers contributing to a new house for the family of James and Vonda Friday last week, ABC-TV is gambling on the community spirit shown by the…

“Move that Bus!”

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2 charged in scheme to steal from Wal-Mart

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies arrested a Wal-Mart employee and store customer Thursday for allegedly working together to steal from the Denver business. Amber Nichole Burris, 20, of 114 Rollins Street in Stanley, is accused of taking funds on more than one occasion from the cash register where she worked…

McHenry’s staff pay sparks new criticism

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Denver journalist and congressional candidate Ken Fortenberry has released new complaints against U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, of North Carolina’s 10th District, in relation to his staff payroll. Fortenberry sent out a press release to area news media earlier this month claiming that McHenry’s payroll “has…

Overwhelmed by kindness

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Friday family expresses extreme gratitude to Lincolnton community as TV show reveals new home, ministry office FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor With more than 3,000 volunteers contributing to a new house for the family of James and Vonda Friday last week, ABC-TV is gambling on the community spirit shown by the…

Taping of TV holiday special continuing

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Ty Pennington of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” poses in Lincolnton this week during a segment taped at the Festival of Trees inside the old building. Singers rumor appears false JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Roughly 3,000 volunteers have been working tirelessly day and night this past week to build Lincolnton’s Friday…

Flaming truck closes US 321 off-ramp

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Firefighters douse remaining hot spots on a tractor trailer that burst into flames Thursday afternoon on U.S. 321. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The front section of a tractor trailer carrying cotton bales burst into flames Thursday afternoon while traveling northbound on U.S. 321, spilling diesel fuel and shutting down…

School Board agrees on new districts

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   When voters pick four members of the School Board next year, districts will be based on population and will be shaped as unbroken parcels of land, not multiple islands that don’t touch. After months of sometimes contentious discussions and public debate, the Lincoln County Board…

Council revisits closed-session actions

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council conducted a special called meeting Wednesday night regarding two items council members had questionably acted upon in closed session at the Dec. 1 regular meeting. Discussion and action on both the city manager’s contract and the proposed letter to the online…