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Rat infestation concerns Lincolnton home’s neighbors

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer An abandoned home in Lincoln County with a serious rat infestation has neighbors searching for answers. “We’re well aware of it and we’re trying diligently,” County Manager Kelly Atkins said. “There are only so many things that the government can do with regards to a private…

Sheriff’s Office to buy bulletproof vests with drug money

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will purchase brand new bulletproof vests for deputies with money seized from drug dealers throughout the past six years. “Currently, the vests that we wear are not protected against high-powered rifle projectiles,” Sheriff David Carpenter said. “These new vests actually will…

Criminal Charges — 7-25-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jason Travis Compton, 36, of 5096 Mays St. in Conover was charged on July 21 with one count of non-support family. A $1,500 secured bond was set. Brian Wayne Rhyne, 45, of 1751 Maple Ln. in Lincolnton was charged on July…

Man shot during card game

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Staff report A man was shot during a card game in Lincolnton early Saturday morning. Deputies said a 43-year-old Lincolnton man was grazed by a bullet on the forehead and was treated at CHS-Lincolnton. Deputies were dispatched to a mobile home on Gladden Drive at around 2 a.m. after a…

Men face felony charges for painkillers

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Staff report Two Lincolnton men have been arrested on felony drug charges after deputies seized a trafficking amount of opioid pain pills during a surveillance operation on Tuesday. Detectives said they were conducting a surveillance operation at a business on Gastonia Highway south of Lincolnton when they saw what appeared…

More than $6k raised for Lincolnton splash park

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton Parks and Recreation director Richie Haynes has spearheaded a fundraising effort for First Federal Park that has seen sponsorships and contributions reach a total of more than $6,000. “I’ve been very pleased with the support of our local businesses and our citizens,” Haynes said. “This…

United Way ‘Day of Action’ at Asbury Academy

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The United Way of Lincoln County will hold its annual “Day of Action” on Aug. 18 at the old Asbury School building in Lincolnton. Last week, the Lincoln County Board of Education agreed to a proposal made by Asbury United Methodist Church and the United Way…

Man arrested in Cat Square restaurant break-in

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Staff report A second person charged in connection with the June 25 break-in at the Cat Square Family Restaurant in Vale was arrested Tuesday in Lincolnton. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Matt Burgess received information that the suspect, Edward Roger McCraw, 25, of Millers Park Lane in Vale, was staying…

Around Town — 7-22-16

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SATURDAY Concert Lowesville Gospel Concerts/Living Word Ministries, located at 1062 South Hwy 16 – Lowesville(Stanley) will host a free concert featuring The Cockman Family Bluegrass from Sherrills Ford at 6 p.m. For more information call Carroll Cooke at (704) 618-9762. Breakfast Daniels Lutheran Church, located at 3170 Reepsville Rd. in Lincolnton,…

Criminal Charges — 7-22-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Eddie Scott Gates, 32, of 726 Sandra Ln. in Lincolnton was charge on July 19 with one count of assault on a female by male over 18 years of age. A $1,500 secured bond was set. James White Bunch, 28, of…