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Deputies: Man stole ashes from cemetery

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Staff report A Dallas man has been charged with stealing a cemetery plaque and a granite slab containing human ashes from Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton, where he formerly worked. Ray Ellis Herron Jr., 32, was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. He is accused of stealing…

Keep on Trikin’: Trident Trikes continues to innovate

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Inspired by a love of bicycles that has led him to be a near 30-year member of a Lincolnton bicycle club, Tom Flohr set out to build a tandem bike more than six years ago. “I wanted a tandem (two-seater) bike and the only company out…

Rock Springs Camp Meeting set to begin

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Faithful meet for 185th time at Denver campground SHELBEY COOK LTN Intern The 185th year of the Rock Springs Camp Meeting begins on Saturday in Denver. The first meeting on the campground was held in 1830, making the Rock Springs Camp Meeting the oldest religious campground meeting in the U.S.…

Communities unite for National Night Out

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the 32nd year in a row, a national initiative called “National Night Out” will kick off on Tuesday and serve as a strong and unified front against crime. There will be 13 different “block parties” established that will serve as meeting places for the community…

County workers evacuated after carbon monoxide scare at TLC

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer County workers were evacuated after a carbon monoxide scare necessitated testing within the facility of Transportation Lincoln County (TLC) at 1323 Gaston Street in Lincolnton on Wednesday. The call was made to emergency crews after concern over carbon monoxide levels in the facility were brought by…

Deputies: Man sold prescription opiate drugs

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Staff report An Iron Station man has been charged with trafficking opium by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Narcotics investigators arrested William Edward Young, 42, of 2773 Hudson Poultry Road, after a three-week investigation. Deputies bought opiate prescription medication from Young during that time, according to a press release from…

Library helps families research their history

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Tucked away in a corner of the Charles Jonas Library in Lincolnton, Gary Muffley felt right at home. An Asheville resident, this was Muffley’s first trip to Lincoln County’s main library. But it’s far from the first time he’d stepped into a genealogy research room, and…

City, county preparing for housing growth

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer As Charlotte continues to grow, surrounding areas are tasked with keeping up housing for an influx of new people. Census estimates released in May show the Queen City’s population has risen more than 10 percent from 2010 to 2014, and Lincoln County has been a beneficiary…

Program prepares kids to confront bullying, abuse

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In an effort to best illustrate her point, Sherry Reinhardt donned red lifeguard gear over her clothes and delivered a message to 60 elementary-aged summer campers. The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center’s executive director, along with three law enforcement officers, spoke…

VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary prepares care packages for troops

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 1706 in Lincolnton have organized, prepared and posted care packages to U.S. troops deployed to Camp Buehring in Kuwait. Some 14 large boxes filled with prepackaged snacks, books, Bibles, notebooks, pens, toiletries, stationery and crossword puzzles were sent via…