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Denver felon charged with crack possession

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  Summer Jones   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Denver woman found herself behind bars Thursday night after county narcotics officers said they uncovered a stash of cocaine and marijuana inside her residence. Deputies arrested Summer Demetrius Jones, 32, of 7046 Campground Road, around 9 p.m. following a six-month…

Fighting The Good Fight

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  Churches, Christian Ministry gain some ground in battle against local hunger JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Following more than a year of struggle, including a frequently depleted food pantry, Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is finally seeing improvements in its food supply and daily operations, experiencing one blessing after…

Soil and Water District celebrates Earth Day

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Lincoln Natural Resources Committee partnered with Emmanuel Lutheran Church to host an Earth Day Celebration and Spring Fling Saturday morning. Earth Day is traditionally celebrated worldwide on April 22. However, Lincoln County Soil…

Dallas business moving into Carolina Mills building

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   A North Carolina business is preparing to expand its production and operations to Lincolnton. Last Friday, R&R Powder Coatings, Inc. finalized its purchase of one of the former Carolina Mills buildings located on South Grove Street. According to the company’s website, R&R specializes in…

Serial toe sucker gets 60 days

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Cabarrus County man admitted in a Lincoln County courtroom Thursday morning to sucking a woman’s toes inside a local Wal-Mart store before a judge sentenced him to two months behind bars. Michael Brown, 31, of Concord, apologized for his actions in district…

Going once…going twice…

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Suspected bank robber caught in Massachusetts

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Cherryville man accused of robbing a Lincoln County bank earlier this month was apprehended in Massachusetts on Wednesday by the United States Marshal Service, police said. Jean Pierre Gendron, 49, has been on the run from Lincolnton police and the Gaston County…

County unemployment rate drops almost 4 points since February ‘13

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  Staff reports   Lincoln County saw a substantial drop in its unemployment rate for February 2014, according to the latest figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Wednesday. The number dropped half a percentage point to 6.5 percent, down from 7 percent a month earlier. The…

Local artists showcase work at church’s gallery

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County community has until Monday to check out a collection of photography, handmade pottery and woodturnings by local artists on display at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The special exhibit, dubbed “Fire and Earth,” has been open to the public in the…

Meet the Candidate: Rosemary Hubbard

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  Rosemary Hubbard   ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   North Carolina native and state House of Representatives Democrat candidate Rosemary Hubbard is among many in her generation that have witnessed first-hand the dramatic transformation of the Tar Heel state over the decades. “I lived in Charlotte when segregation was still…