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‘Battle of the Shields’ honors memory of fallen firefighter

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Seven fire departments took part in the inaugural Josh Warren Memorial Battle of the Shields Fun Day held Saturday at the East Lincoln High School football stadium. The event was held to honor the memory of Joshua Lee Warren, a firefighter who worked for East…

EMS honors paramedics with yearly awards

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Local Emergency Medical Services men and women often work behind the scenes doing their jobs, and usually those jobs are done without recognition or applause. Yearly, peer recognition awards are given out to a rookie, an EMT, a medic and call chosen by EMS staff.…

Commissioners to vote on library design, intersection improvements

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will consider a bid from ADW Architects for the design of the new West Lincoln library during tonight’s regular monthly meeting. ADW Architects, an architectural firm based out of Charlotte, has offered its professional architectural and engineering services necessary for…

Iron Station car show benefits Harlan’s Heroes

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Abide-A-While Acres in Iron Station hosted the second annual Harlan’s Heroes Hot Rod Happening on Saturday to raise money for families battling pediatric cancer. The car show is a fundraising event in support of the Harlan’s Heroes nonprofit organization that was founded in 2015 following the…

Trilogy Lake Norman moving toward completion

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Sales on more than 200 homes have been closed in Trilogy Lake Norman in Denver, a resort-style, age-restricted community with approximately 400 community members currently in place. The communal bond that holds the inhabitants of the development together, the Twin Mills Club, is moving closer…

Five charged after undercover investigations

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Staff report Five people are facing felony charges following the conclusion of several Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigations into the sale of methamphetamine and heroin in the county. Four of the suspects have been arrested as a fifth is wanted. Deputies said the suspects all sold drugs to undercover detectives.…

Criminal Charges— 6-19-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Johnny Franklin Reynolds Jr., 40, of 1205 Tot Dellinger Rd. in Cherryville was charged June 10 with one count of non-support of family. A $500 cash bond was set. Demetrius Rashae Walker, 23, of 6225 Bridlewood Ln. in Charlotte was charged…

Wife of accused child predator speaks out

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Collette Skamarock saw so many signs that her husband was not being faithful, starting with her discovery of the dark sexual websites that her husband was visiting. The couple has been together for 10 years and just celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary in May. Skamarock…

Lincoln County honors fallen East Lincoln firefighter Josh Warren

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Friday was Joshua Lee Warren Day in Lincoln County, per a proclamation adopted by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last week. The honor was proclaimed to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Warren’s passing, which came at the age of 34 while he was on duty…

Three arrested for having one-pot meth labs in car

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Staff report Three people are facing felony charges after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies found three active one-pot meth labs inside a vehicle. Robert Gregory Wray, 40, and Elizabeth Mary Buchanan, 27, both of Gastonia, and Amanda Dawn Armstrong, 27, of Bessemer City, were arrested early Wednesday morning following a…