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Vale man arrested for rape, kidnap of girlfriend’s child

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Staff report A Vale man is facing several felony charges related to the sexual assault of a child. The Lincolnton Police Department received a report about a child molestation on Dec. 14. According to a press release, Danny Lee Hensley, 40, of 7873 Matthew Miller Road was later arrested on…

Woman works to beautify county roads

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For more than a decade, Denver resident Patty Korn has spent her weekends picking up the county’s littered roads. “It’s such a preventable problem,” she said. “I look at the litter as a cancer on the environment.” Originally from Illinois, Korn relocated to North Carolina in…

Lincolnton Brewers Club hops into fourth year

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Over the last decade, a revival of home brewing has swept through the U.S. as beer aficionados dare to produce their own product. The movement isn’t about snubbing the large commercial beer producers or even saving a nickel. The movement is about people who enjoy the…

Deputies: Man shot into home

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Staff report A 19-year old Denver man has been charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling on King Wilkinson Road. Deputies responded to a residence in the 5500 block of King Wilkinson Road on Tuesday morning after the homeowner awoke and discovered that bullets had been fired through the front…

City Manager: Improper raise an oversight

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton city manager Jeff Emory approved a 1 percent cost-of-living raise for himself and all other city employees in May. In December, City Council members told him he had to give his back. Emory, the city’s top administrator, is employed by a contract that is approved…

The Tale of Maryvale: More than a day care

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Sisters share faith, arts, academics with local kids PHIL PERRY Staff Writer There is a warmth that you can’t deny when visiting Maryvale Day Care School in Vale. From the moment that you enter the facility, you get the feeling that the staff members take their job very seriously but…

Woman charged with stealing ADA’s wallet at courthouse

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Staff report A Rowan County woman is accused of stealing an assistant district attorney’s wallet while she was awaiting trial at the Lincoln County Courthouse on Wednesday. Jessica Jean Yeckley, 32, of 1580 Amity Hill Road in Cleveland, was at the courthouse to face trial on a misdemeanor charge of…

Fire department’s ‘ELF Project’ helps make Christmas brighter

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the fifth year in a row, the East Lincoln Fire Department has held its annual “ELF Project” fundraiser to assist needy children in Lincoln County during the holidays. The project, held Tuesday, involved both St. James Elementary and Catawba Springs Elementary students. The recipients are…

NL band wins gold at Charlotte parade

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The North Lincoln High School marching band is no stranger to accolades. The latest comes in the form of a grand champion award from the Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade in Charlotte, formerly known as the Carousel Parade. Band director Neil Underwood’s Knights topped 13 other bands…

County manager contract, raises approved

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners removed the “interim” tag from county manager Kelly Atkins and approved retroactive merit-based raises for county employees at a meeting on Monday. The commission unanimously approved Atkins’ contract as the new county manager. Atkins had previously been appointed to serve…