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King’s life, legacy celebrated

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Community members gathered at a service honoring the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. The service, sponsored by the Coalition of Churches, was presided over by Rev. Stephen Wingate and Tucker’s Grove Gospel Voices provided music.…

Woman charged with jewelry theft

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Staff report A Denver woman has been charged in connection with the theft of diamond rings from a Lincolnton business. Walter Hugh Belfield of Mooresville reported on Jan. 6 that two diamond rings were stolen from the business he owns at the intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 150 east…

Stanley man wins ‘Best of Show’ in local photography contest

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The winners of the annual Arts Council of Lincoln County amateur photography competition were announced Friday evening at the exhibit’s opening reception. Michael Gaines took home two awards, including “Best of Show” honors for his image capturing city hall during a busy night in downtown Philadelphia.…

Lincolnton man charged with statutory rape

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Staff report A 24-year-old Lincolnton man has been arrested in connection with the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl. Deputies said they first received a report about the case on Dec. 28 after responding to the CHS-Lincoln hospital in reference to a missing girl. During the investigation, deputies said they…

Committee calls for incorporation of Denver

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A committee that has spent the past year researching the specifics of incorporating Denver recently presented its findings to members of the East Lincoln Betterment Association. George Barr, a member of the committee and the outgoing president of ELBA, said the notion appeared to be well…

Criminal Charges — 1-13-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Donna Marie Sanders, 55, of 504 Mauney Rd. in Stanley was charged on Jan. 8 with one count of misdemeanor larceny. Amber Renee Tetreault, 22, of 2393 Hickory Ridge Ct. in Denver was charged on Jan. 8 with one count of…

Around Town — 1-13-17

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SATURDAY Supper St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Family Life Center, located at 4051 King Wilkinson Rd. in Lincolnton, will host Chicken Pie, Chicken Dumpling, Stew Beef Supper from 11 a.m. until. Eat-in all you can eat or take-out generous portions for $10. Eat-In only is $10 for adults, seniors $9, children…

Two men die in West Lincoln car wreck

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Staff report Two men have died from injuries sustained in a car wreck on Wednesday in western Lincoln County. Jeremiah Adkins, 23, of Vale, and Demarius Hooper, 25, of Lincolnton, were in a vehicle traveling east on Highway 27 at a high rate of speed at around 8 p.m. when…

State finds increasing problems at Lincolnton nursing home

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The number of citations issued by state inspectors for Cardinal Healthcare and Rehab, a nursing home in Lincolnton, have been steadily rising over the past three years. In 2016, Cardinal received 10 deficiencies, it received seven in 2015 and none in 2014, bringing that facility’s…

Former Apple Queen’s modeling career taking off

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Getting into modeling late and quite by chance, Erica Miller is now juggling the schedule of a full-time college student and a professional model. It started for her when she competed in the Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant when she was 16. “I didn’t even…