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Maiden man gets 20 years for heroin

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Maiden man was convicted on Tuesday in Lincoln County Superior Court after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin. Jeremy William Smith, 38, of 204 W. Boyd Street in Maiden, was convicted of trafficking heroin by possession level 3 and trafficking heroin by transport level 3. He…

Vale woman still missing after 3 months

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer After three months, there is still no sign of Toasha Rice. The 27-year-old from western Lincoln County was last seen on May 26 at a friend’s house on Eaker Road, getting into a black four-door sedan with a white female driver. She has not been seen…

Back in the classroom

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Sewing is in business owner’s blood

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For Rachel Freeman, owner of Alterations and Sew Much More, the art of sewing is a craft the women in her family have passed down from generation to generation. “My mother and my grandmother are both seamstresses,” Freeman said. “In my grandmother’s day, you know, it…

Prescription abuse, heroin use on the rise

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer According to the North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, unintentional poisoning deaths in the state have risen 300 percent since 1999. From 1999 to 2012, a recorded 1,382 poisoning deaths have been reported. Of those 1,382, a…

West Lincoln Area Council wants changes to county UDO

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The West Lincoln Area Council, a group of western Lincoln County business owners and residents, is partnering with county planning officials to develop a comprehensive vision for the western end of the county. Lincoln County Zoning Director Randy Hawkins, Lincoln County Planning and Inspections Director Andrew…

WoodMill Winery Grape Stomp Festival

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Arrests made in Maiden school thefts

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Maiden police officers have recovered several iPads that were stolen from Maiden Elementary school on Aug. 21. Three teens broke into the Media Center of the school during the overnight hours and stole an undisclosed number of Apple iPads that belonged to the school and were…

Greene promoted to police captain

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ANNIE BLACKURN Staff Writer Lincolnton Police officer Brian Greene was promoted to the position of captain for the department on July 15. The Shelby native began his law enforcement career after attending N.C. State University and entering the student officer program. After six months, Greene called his father and informed…

Around Town — 8-27-14

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THURSDAY Education Seminar Lincoln County Senior Services will host a dementia seminar, titled Dealing with Difficult Behavior from 9:30 -11 a.m. at the Lincoln County Senior Center at 514 S Academy Street. All are welcome. To register, please call (704) 732- 9053. Alive After Five Downtown Lincolnton will host Alive…