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Two men rescued from river, then charged

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two men who became stranded on the South Fork River over the weekend after their canoe flipped during heavy flooding face alcohol violations, Lincoln County Emergency Management officials said. The Lincoln County Water Rescue Team, comprised of swift water rescue technicians from various county…

Heavy rains, floods cause major damage

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Flood waters overtook numerous roadways throughout the region Saturday as the area continued to witness a season of record downpours. Lincoln County suffered unprecedented weather damage. In addition, Catawba County officials have declared multiple areas north of Lincoln a state of emergency.…

Community garden benefits needy families

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   For the past two years, Lincoln County has participated in a statewide initiative geared toward healthier eating, with a community garden planted to provide fruits and vegetables to those less fortunate. The Nourishing North Carolina (NNC) program, a partnership between North Carolina Recreation & Park…

Teen arrested for BB gun shooting spree

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police have arrested at least one person whom they said used a BB gun to shoot numerous vehicles and a woman earlier this month in Lincolnton. Officers charged Robert Charles Champlin III, 19, of 311 Beard Road in Lincolnton, on Friday, according to a report.…

Vehicle fire leads to pot grow operation in home

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies responded to a marijuana grow operation inside an Iron Station residence Thursday after firefighters, already at the home for a vehicle fire, alerted officers of potential drugs inside, the Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators seized roughly 6 ounces of the controlled substance from 1334…

Firefighter charged with stealing from departments

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An eastern Lincoln County firefighter turned himself into Sheriff’s detectives Wednesday morning on accusations he embezzled from two area fire departments where he worked. Lee Thomas Keever, 36, of 7225 Caley Lane in Denver, has been charged with two felony counts of obtaining property…

Program helps young readers get up to speed

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Nearly 50 rising 1st-3rd graders with low reading scores have been participating this summer in Lincoln County’s second annual Y Readers program at Iron Station Elementary School. Last year, YMCA of Greater Charlotte brought the program to the area based on the nearness…

Tech issues result in late food stamps

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Due to this month’s technological issues with the NC FAST software executed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division of Social Services, some Lincoln County citizens have not received their food stamps on time. According to the DHHS website,…

Pastor in jail after coke, bank robbery arrest

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than three weeks after a Lincolnton pastor was arrested on a cocaine charge in Florida, he remains behind bars awaiting extradition to South Carolina for accusations he robbed a bank there, according to the Chester Police Department. Chester police, with aid from City of Gastonia…

Wood named to state library commission

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   George Wood, the recently retired manager of Lincoln County, has been appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to serve on the North Carolina State Library Commission. The announcement came this week in a round of other personnel appointments made by the governor. Wood, who stepped…