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State program helps local vet receive high school diploma

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Dennis Smith willingly left high school to join the Marines during the Vietnam War. When he returned from active duty, he never got around to finishing his high school diploma. This was not an uncommon occurrence, according to Lincoln County veterans service director Alex Patton.…

Sex offender charged with inappropriately touching girl

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Staff report A registered sex offender in Lincoln County was arrested Saturday on felony charges of taking indecent liberties with a child. Wayne Curtis Cogdell, 37, of Foxboro Lane in Stanley, is accused of inappropriately touching a young female who was in kindergarten at the time of the alleged assault.…

Lincolnton men charged with selling pot

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Staff report Two men are facing felony drug charges related to marijuana sales at a home in Lincolnton Jamie Thorne Fox, of 2631 Keener Road, was arrested on Thursday following a search of the home. Logan Bryant Devine, 23, was arrested on Monday, according to a press release from the…

Vale man charged with selling meth

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Staff report A Vale man has been charged with selling methamphetamine. Samuel Robin Tallent, 60, of Cansler Road, was charged on Tuesday following a Sheriff’s Office investigation into meth sales in western Lincoln County that lasted several months, according to a press release. Deputies said Tallent sold small amounts of…

City of Lincolnton budget retreat reveals obstacles

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton city officials gathered inside City Hall on Wednesday morning for their annual planning and budget retreat to discuss a laundry list of items during a meeting that lasted well into the night. “The retreat allows management, staff and council members to sit down in an…

Criminal Charges — 3-24-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Tod Jaa Dazu-Juan Tilley, 31, of 122 Jay Dr. in Taylorsville was charged Mar. 17 with one count of non-support of family. A $550 bond was set. Dustin Allen Moore, 42, of 1201 Betterbrook Ln. in Lincolnton was charged Mar. 17…

Around Town — 3-24-17

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TODAY Consignment sale St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, located at 4051 King Wilkinson Rd. in Lincolnton, across from Pumpkin Center Elementary School, will host a Kid’s Consignment Sale in the Family Life Center from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Single ministries Hull’s Grove Baptist Church, located at 6263 W. Hwy. 27…

Lincoln County EMS launches ‘alternative destination’ program

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services currently has in place a community paramedicine program that enables paramedics to transport patients needing behavioral and mental health or substance abuse assistance to alternative destinations where they can receive the optimal care that they need for their illness. The…

Ramp builders serve community for four decades

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Due to a health condition, Christy Giron couldn’t leave her house on Davis Street in Lincolnton without help. That all changed on earlier in March, after a 70-foot ramp was built by the ministry of the South Fork Baptist Association. Representatives of seven churches helped…

Commissioners approve two projects, table library discussions

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved two high-dollar projects and tabled a third during Monday night’s regular monthly meeting. The board voted unanimously to execute a contract with Emmett Sapp Builders, Inc., a construction company based in Wildwood, Florida, for renovations to the old Lincoln…