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City of Cherryville employee sentenced for stealing utility payments

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Staff report A former City of Cherryville employee was sentenced on Thursday to just over a year in prison for embezzling nearly $93,000 from the city. Jennifer Neal Hoyle, 36, of Cherryville, pleaded guilty to three felony counts of program fraud in 2013 as the result of a joint state…

Sen. Curtis, committee hear about effects of ACA

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer North Carolina lawmakers continued their debate over the controversial overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system this week. The Joint Study Committee on the Affordable Care Act and Implementation Issues held its first meeting in Raleigh on Tuesday. The committee was created in January by Republican House…

Six candidates vying for 2 Board of Commissioners seats

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer This year, six candidates are running for two available Board of Commissioners seats. Republican candidates include Bill S. Beam, Mike Davis, Anita McCall, Martin Oakes and Richard Permenter. Adam Long is the only Democrat candidate running for a County Commissioner seat. County Commissioners James Klein and…

Brother stabbing ruled self-defense

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Staff report A Vale man was transported to Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby with life-threatening injuries on Wednesday after being stabbed by his brother. Rodney Scott Wright, 45, was stabbed in the abdomen with a pocketknife by his brother, John A. Wright, 43, according to an incident report from…

Commissioners OK community center expansion

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners has voted to move forward with the renovation of a community center after a tense debate. At their meeting Monday night, commissioners listened to Director of Public Works Don Chamblee and Director of Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Erma…

Thread Trail growth planned

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    Groups hope extra miles are completed in 2014 JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Additional segments of the Carolina Thread Trail (CTT), a 15-county network of greenways, trails and corridors throughout North and South Carolina, are slated for completion this year in Lincoln County. Established in 2005 by the Foundation…

Caldwell County man charged with rape of teen

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies said they charged a 35-year-old Caldwell County man Friday with raping a Lincoln County teen two years ago. The incidents took place in March 2012 at the victim’s home, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. The Department of Social Services notified the law…

Deputies: Men sold pot at Wal-Mart

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Narcotics investigators located hydroponic marijuana Monday night inside vehicles belonging to two Iredell County men, including a teen, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the two vehicles after watching each driver participate in a hand-to-hand transaction of…

Family, friends remember crash victim with scholarship and golf tournament

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Trey Whiteside was just 16 years old when his vehicle overturned on N.C. 150 in Lincolnton. He succumbed to his injuries less than 24 hours later, perishing in a Charlotte hospital. Since his death in June 2005, his family has been working to…

Planning Board recommends approval for 56-unit apartment complex in city

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincolnton’s Planning Board met Tuesday afternoon to discuss a conditional use rezoning request and an amendment to the Lincolnton Unified Development Ordinance. The BTR Communities Group, LLC, is requesting the conditional-use rezoning of 9.77 acres of land from Planned Business to Conditional Use Residential…