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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…

Commissioners move to re-bid Rescue Squad Park

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Discussion was resumed Monday night regarding the fates of the proposed Rescue Squad Park and East Lincoln Community Center. According to Lincoln County manager Tracy Jackson, the Denver Rotary Club is interested in rebidding and separating out the proposed Farmer’s Market building. At their…

LCSO: Man used pry bar to steal cash from register

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies are looking for a man they said used a pry bar to open a store cash register on the county’s eastern end and steal a bag of money early Monday morning. A store employee at the Wal-Mart on N.C. 16 in…

Healing Tree on courthouse lawn

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Rep. Saine named most effective freshman in state House of Representatives by study

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    Staff report   State representative Jason Saine was named the most effective freshman member of the North Carolina House of Representatives in a study released Tuesday by the NC Center for Public Policy Research. Saine came in 31st overall, placing him just shy of the top 25 percent…

Sex offender accused of accessing school property

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Maiden Police have arrested a Burke County sex offender and accused him of accessing a school property on three separate occasions throughout March and April. Officers served warrants Friday afternoon on William John Abernathy, 34, for being on site at the Lucille Miller…

Board of Commissioners candidate Mike Davis dies

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Staff report A Lincoln County political candidate has died. Michael Davis, of 1554 Pleasant Grove Church Road in Crouse, passed away on Sunday, April 6.  Davis was one of five Republican candidates currently running for a seat with the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. A native of Lincoln County, Davis…