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Soccer season nears end

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Lincolnton senior midfielder Kevin Orlas moves the ball upfield against Shelby earlier this season. The soccer regular season is nearing its close, with East Lincoln (11-5-1, 7-1 SPC), Lincolnton (9-3-1, 5-2 SPC) and West Lincoln (2-6-1, 1-5 SPC) having five matches left in the season, while North Lincoln (6-10-1, 2-5-1…

Fake TV man pleads guilty to filming kids, avoids jail time

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A Lincoln County man arrested last month at a popular Morganton festival for posing as a journalist in order to shoot inappropriate videos of children, was sentenced to three years of supervised probation Friday after he pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with a minor. John David Warlick,…

Schools ahead of NC ban on pesticides

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  All public schools in the state were required to stop spraying pesticides as of Oct. 1. Instead, they must now use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to be in compliance with state laws. Darrell Gettys, Executive Director of Facilities for Lincoln County Schools, said the school district has actually been in…

Legislator embraces new technology with development of ‘app’

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N.C. Rep. Jason Saine has apparently taken the ubiquitous phrase, “There’s an ‘app’ for that,” to heart. Saine — who represents the 97th District, which is Lincoln County — announced last week that he has created an application, or “app,” for Android smartphones and devices to be used for campaign…

Walking in pink

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The Walking Company employees raise funds to fight breast cancer A company with a Lincolnton-based distribution and customer-service center is part of a national campaign to raise more than $200,000 to help beat breast cancer. The Walking Company, headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., is an online footwear retailer that also…

Suspect charged in using bat on children

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  A man living at a residence near the Gaston / Lincoln County line was taken into custody earlier this week after authorities said he used a plastic bat to hit his two stepchildren, sending one to the hospital. According to Cherryville Police Lt. Mike Allred, who responded with Sgt.…

Search for hooded gunman ongoing

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Deputies remain on the hunt for a man who they said robbed a convenience store at gunpoint last month in Lincolnton. The store clerk at Ricky’s Food Mart on Gastonia Highway described the suspect as a 5-foot-10-inch white male with blue eyes and a slim build, authorities said. According to…

ABC segment draws interest in local textiles

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A Lincolnton manufacturer was recently featured on ABC World News With Diane Sawyer in a segment that highlighted the importance of purchasing domestically made products. Celia Rachel, a Lincolnton-based textile manufacturer with a plant and outlet store within Mohican Mills, was included as part of a “Made in America” series…

Three still wanted in drug round-up

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  Local law enforcement officers arrested three more drug suspects in the first week of October, yet remain on the hunt for the final three individuals still wanted from this summer’s record-breaking drug round-up, Operation Rolling 50. Christina Danielle Helms, 33, of 101 Shadowbrook Drive in Mt. Holly, was apprehended…

Child Advocacy Center thriving at new facility

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  After moving locations over the summer, Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse is already seeing major improvements in its ability to conduct new programs and assist more families. The organization, previously housed behind the Health Department on Sigmon Road in Lincolnton, is now located on Policarp Street in a…