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Former coach convicted of rape

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A Crouse man and former Optimist Club sports coach will spend at least the next 15 years behind bars for raping a young girl, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Judge William Bell sentenced Eddy Shane Heavner, 35, of Gaston Webbs Chapel Road,…

Man charged with secret peeping

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     An 81-year-old western Lincoln County man was jailed Sunday for secretly spying on his tenants, deputies said. According to a Sheriff’s Office report, Vernon Boyles, of 5443 West N.C. 27 in Vale, peeped through a hole in the wall of the victims’ living…

EL football forfeits 3 wins due to ‘clerical error’

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Academically ineligible player dressed for first 3 games of season   By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor East Lincoln had its school-record 19-game winning streak snapped at Gastonia Forestview on Sept. 13. Technically, it ended much sooner. Mustangs head football coach and athletic director Mike Byus on Wednesday morning released a…

Local singer-songwriter headed west

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   For some rising musicians, their hometown is simply a trivial fact. But for Lincoln County singer-songwriter Lily Tallent, the red clay farmland of Lincoln County is a vital component to her music. “Having roots in tradition and history is not something I take lightly.…

County to hear zoning requests

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will vote on a zoning request from a company that is seeking to build a Family Dollar in Denver at its meeting today. C4 Development has requested a conditional-use permit to develop a 1.6-acre lot into an 8,320…

Area nonprofits still facing food shortage

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Christian Ministry isn’t the only county nonprofit experiencing a crisis-level food shortage. In My Father’s House Community Support Services Network, Inc., is also running out of items — food and clothing — to give to community members, Co-Founder and Prophetess Ivey Robinson said. Since 2010,…

Crew demolishes Court Square building

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Introducing: Staff Writer Elizabeth Heffner

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Ever since I can remember, I have always had a passion for writing. It started off as short, choppy story sentences I would write for my mother. I am sure they were typical of any scribbling a pre-school kid could do, with ice cream, rainbows,…

Gastonia woman wins Rhyne Competition

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “For a viewer to experience a connection with one of my pieces is the ultimate compliment,” artist Renee Matthews said. The Gastonia resident recently won two awards this fall in the annual Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Sponsored by the…

Suspect caught in NYC

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     New York City police arrested an Iron Station man Thursday wanted for identity theft and a number of other charges in Lincoln and Catawba Counties, deputies said. Aquil Giovanni Jackson, 27, of 526 Mt. Vernon Church Road, was apprehended by officers in…