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York County Sheriff’s Office releases footage of officer shooting involving Lincolnton man (video footage)

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant continues to show support for one of his agency’s deputies accused of shooting a Lincolnton man last month during a traffic stop. Earlier today, the York County Sheriff’s Office released video footage recorded on the officer’s dashboard camera during…

Local family uses tragic experience to help others

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Ever since an intoxicated driver struck and killed 20-year-old Crouse resident Andy Hovis in 2010, his family has been dedicated to helping others. The following year, the victim’s parents, Mark and Donna Hovis, along with Andy’s siblings Amber Bradford and Mark Jr., started the A.N.D.Y. Foundation.…

Artists and businesses getting ready for Art Crawl

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer More than 80 local artists and 40 area businesses will unite in downtown Lincolnton Friday evening for the 5th Annual First Federal Savings Bank Art Crawl. From wooden sculptures to organic paintings, handmade jewelry and pottery, the city’s spring staple event will showcase a variety of…

Maiden man charged with teen sex crimes

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Fredell JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 26-year-old felon is accused of inappropriately touching a teen girl last month, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrested Barry George Fredell, of 4132 Biggerstaff Road, on Friday. According to the arrest warrant, the Sheriff’s Office said, the suspect “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously…

Deputies looking for tips on pharmacy robbery

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer More than a month after a western Lincoln County drug store was robbed of at least $1,000 worth of prescription pills, Sheriff’s detectives said they have yet to make an arrest in the case. The law enforcement agency issued a press release Friday afternoon again seeking…

School Board to begin contract negotiations for Asbury, East Lincoln field house jobs

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Lincoln County’s Board of Education voted on Tuesday to begin contract negotiations with R.J. Leeper Construction, of Charlotte, for projects at Asbury Alternative and the East Lincoln High School field house. The board previously heard presentations from four contractors regarding the projects, and members were then…

Board of Ed. to consider plans for Asbury, ELHS projects

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER  Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Education members will discuss four Design-Build proposals for school renovations at their meeting Tuesday night. Last week, board members heard presentations from firms G.L. Wilson Building Company of Statesville, Matthews Construction of Conover, R.J. Leeper Construction of Charlotte and Hickory…

Walk like a champion

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    Local boxer aims at pro career, positive influence   MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Kenneth Nixon, III was destined to be a boxer. His grandfather and great uncle were both Navy boxers and his brother, J.R. Young, fought professionally. Now Nixon, 23, is carrying on the family tradition. He…

County woman charged with dog theft

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The same day the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release asking the public’s help in locating an alleged dog thief, the suspect turned herself in, deputies said. Dana Jacobs Hartness, 36, of 253 N. N.C. 16, Apt. 11, is accused of stealing…

Slave narratives come alive at Cultural Center

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The narratives of a number of North Carolina African-American slaves were brought to life on the Lincoln Cultural Center stage Friday night. As area citizens, including Lincoln County Coalition of Churches Director Ola Mae Foster and Lincolnton playwright Earline Smith, read excerpts from…