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Store’s employees robbed

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Lincolnton Police officials said employees were robbed outside the Dollar Tree store on 644 Center Drive at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Two employees were leaving the store with the day’s deposits when they were approached by two black men. “They had bandanas on their faces and one had a rifle,”…

Senior staying young helping others find jobs

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Sara Ratchford, regional assistant for the Senior Community Service Employment Program, is a big fan of National Employ Older Workers Week. “We want to focus attention on older workers and the need for them to be employed,” she said. Ratchford, who spends her own work finding employment for older workers,…

Lincolnton gets voluntary restrictions

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As of Monday, the City of Lincolnton will be under voluntary water restrictions for the first time since the region began suffering from severe drought. Residents are urged to comply with the city’s guidelines during this Stage One Water Condition. Car washing should be kept to a minimum, and individuals…

Methodist Church’s Friday night initiative grows

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Anyone who grows up in a small town knows there isn’t much for teenagers to do on a Friday night. And most of the things they can get into aren’t necessarily going to keep them out of trouble. Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Sherrills Ford is changing that for…

That’s racin’

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Feds looking at bank robbery case

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Federal authorities may take over the prosecution of Billy Ray Kovach Jr., 29, who allegedly robbed banks in Lincoln and Gaston counties by claiming he had a bomb, according to police. Gastonia police said Kovach got the idea from a Charlotte bank robbery. Gastonia Police officials said the Stanley man…

Man arrested in statutory rape of 15-year-old girl

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What began as an all-points-bulletin response to an apparent home invasion has resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old man facing statutory rape and other charges stemming from sex with a minor who knew him, authorities say. Thomas Christopher Banks, 20, of Vale is now in Lincoln Sheriff’s custody more…

Man buys grill with leg inside

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A man who purchased a barbecue cooker at a storage locker auction in Maiden Tuesday made a gruesome discovery when he later opened the grill: a severed human leg. In a bizarre case, Maiden Police said they received a call around 3 p.m. by an employee of the Maiden Rental…

Digh excels sticking with boat business

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For Mike Digh, repairing boats is a family tradition. “I’ve always been in the boat business,” said Digh, of E.B. Digh and Son. “I grew up in it.” In 1953, Digh’s grandfather bought a place on Wilkinson Boulevard in Charlotte. It was a rundown shed when he bought it, but…

Opening Up

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