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Elections director makes case for precinct consolidation

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Elections held a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the proposed Precinct Consolidation Plan with the public. Board of Elections director Bradley Putnam presented the plan, which would consolidate the 28 precincts throughout the county to 23 precincts. At…

Glimpse of summer brings locals to the river

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County woman scammed out of $5k

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  Staff report   An eastern Lincoln County woman was scammed out of $5,000, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies went to a residence on the 4400 block of Catawba-Burris Road in Denver on April 9 to investigate possible fraud. The victim said someone called her residence, claiming to…

Program shows benefits of pursuing education to students

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   West Lincoln High School students will receive a first-hand look at the financial benefits a college education can bring on Thursday. Through a partnership with State Farm and The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation, more than 1,000 students across North Carolina will board The Choice…

Deputies seeking suspect who exposed himself at Denver Arby’s

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    Staff report   Lincoln County deputies are asking for the public’s help to identify an individual they said exposed himself at the Arby’s drive-thru on Highway 73 in Denver on Feb. 18. They said the suspect placed an order shortly before 6 p.m., drove to the window to…

Meet the Candidate: David Carpenter

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  Sheriff David Carpenter   ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   For the past 31 years, Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter has dedicated his life to law enforcement. “I knew I wanted to be in law enforcement when I was 10 years old,” Carpenter recalled. With that goal in mind, Carpenter…

Man charged with child sexual assault

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  Ricardo Magallanes   Staff report   A Lincolnton man was charged with child sexual assault by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Friday. Ricardo Miguel Magallanes, 32, of 2014 Shoal Road, was arrested by detectives for two felony counts of first-degree sexual offense. Officials with the Lincoln County Department…

County native named dean of CUNY business school

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The City University of New York has named a Lincoln County native as the Willem Kookyer Dean of the Zicklin School of Business. Dr. H. Fenwick Huss is scheduled to begin his work as dean on July 1, and will also assume a faculty…

East Lincoln High alumna finds calling with AmeriCorps

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  Mordas   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One Lincoln County resident is putting her patriotism to work by completing the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program, a 10-month volunteer initiative under FEMA Corps. In February, Rebecca Mordas shipped out for a four-week training session with the federal assistance…

Criminal Charges 4-16-14

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Charles Edward Earnhardt Jr., 38, of 5201 Flay Road in Lincolnton was charged April 11 with one count each of child abuse felony – any serious physical injury and second degree trespassing. A $10,000 secured bond was set. Charles…