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Suspect tied to string of car break-ins

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Denver man was placed behind county bars earlier this month after deputies said that since late February, he broke into at least six vehicles located along a stretch of roadway east of N.C. 150. Eric Jones, 18, of 6610 Kidville Road in Denver,…

Schools OK tech plan

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Education unanimously approved a two-year technology plan for Lincoln County Schools during its meeting Wednesday night. As presented by Lee O’Neal, director of Instructional Technology and Media, the plan is a result of a state-mandated educational technology plan to…

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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