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Lincoln County woman charged with felony child abuse

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Staff report A Lincoln County woman has been charged with felony child abuse for allegedly breaking her 14-month-old son’s leg and fracturing his skull. The Lincoln County Department of Social Services told Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies on March 15 that they received an anonymous report that the son of…

Protesters decry NCGA repeal of Charlotte LGBT ordinance

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Members and allies of the lesbian, gay and transgender community united at the Lincoln County courthouse on Saturday, speaking together against the recently passed House Bill 2. “This bill is codified prejudice,” said Shel Benfield, a Lincolnton resident who identifies as part of the LGBT community.…

‘Mug-a-thon’ to benefit Humane Society

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Rising Sun Pottery owner Gary Lee loves animals. Most of his cats are rescues and some of them have been sent to the Humane Society of Lincoln County’s spay and neuter clinic. For nearly two decades, Lee’s “Mugs for Mutts and Cups for Cats” benefit has…

Cheesecake truck coming to Lincolnton Food and WineFest

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Charlotte-based Cremoso Cheesecake Company will bring its state-of-the-art food truck and more than a dozen flavors of cheesecake to the Lincolnton Food and WineFest on April 23. The original recipes for the 4-inch personal cheesecakes come via a family business ran by Jason and Lori Hubbard.…

Lawyer with close ties to state speaker seeks judicial seat

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Fairly new to the bar, Justin Brackett is no stranger to campaigning. The Shelby attorney, who possesses degrees from North Carolina State University and the Oklahoma City University School of Law, worked on state Rep. Tim Moore’s first re-election run and then ran Les Merritt’s unsuccessful…

Coalition Against Child Abuse kicks off pinwheel fundraiser

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A local nonprofit is cluttering up yards in the name of helping children. For the second straight year, the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center will attempt to “blow away” child abuse by covering lawns with blue pinwheels beginning today and lasting…

Lincoln County Animal Services director hire could happen soon

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins confirmed Thursday he is close to naming a new head of the county’s animal services department. Atkins and a committee of two employees whittled a field of about 40 applicants into eight, who were interviewed for the shelter’s director position. Those…

Vietnam veterans get warm welcome

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A few handfuls of proud Lincoln County seniors donned hats befitting a grand occasion and held on to medals they had earned many decades ago. Tuesday was Vietnam Veterans Day, part of a multi-year, national campaign to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. To…

Hard work, faith fuels 100-year-old woman’s passion for life

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Pauline Beam attended Easter sunrise services at Cedar Grove Lutheran Church on Sunday and returned later that morning for Sunday school, like she has for many decades. Even when the 100-year-old lifelong Vale resident hurt her back in September and was receiving therapy in Lincolnton, her…

Shooting suspect arrested in S.C.

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Staff report A Catawba County man wanted for allegedly shooting into an occupied vehicle in western Lincoln County on March 16 was arrested in South Carolina on Friday. Bobby Lee Fish Jr., 35, of Lowrance Road in Catawba, was stopped by the South Carolina Highway Patrol during the early morning…