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Vote-buying allegations prompt state board review

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated columnist The agenda for a recent State Board of Elections meeting sounded like something out of a novel or HBO series or third world country. Could vote-buying really be happening in North Carolina? And by no less than a candidate for sheriff? That was the accusation by…

Criminal Charges — 12-22-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jason Cole, Jr., 34, of 3933 Mohawk Ct. in Charlotte was charged Dec. 18 with one count each of felony larceny and possessing stolen goods. An unknown bond amount was set. Thomas Harlee Bailey, III, 38, of 101 Cindy Ln. in…

Commissioners get update on growth, approve raises for Register and Sheriff

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Staff report County commissioners received an update on the county’s growth during their Fiscal Year 2016 Planning Retreat last Tuesday. According to county manager Kelly Atkins, the county’s population is expected to increase by 13,000 residents, bringing the total population to 93,000 by 2020. Most of the county’s growth is…

Tree lot has a long history

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest columnist Gerald Sain told me he and his son, Mark, have been selling Christmas trees for 28 years on his lot at the corner of Highway 150 and Highway 27 in Boger City. Sain retired from his store, Boger City Furniture, three years ago, after having his…

Knife maker forges ahead as business grows internationally

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Commercial pilot moonlights in high-quality blade business PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Often, when a craftsman pursues the road to independence through a business venture, they are inspired by a lifetime of collecting or being exposed directly to the craft. That wasn’t necessarily the case for Lincoln County’s Steve Randall, who…

Vale man arrested for rape, kidnap of girlfriend’s child

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Staff report A Vale man is facing several felony charges related to the sexual assault of a child. The Lincolnton Police Department received a report about a child molestation on Dec. 14. According to a press release, Danny Lee Hensley, 40, of 7873 Matthew Miller Road was later arrested on…

Woman works to beautify county roads

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For more than a decade, Denver resident Patty Korn has spent her weekends picking up the county’s littered roads. “It’s such a preventable problem,” she said. “I look at the litter as a cancer on the environment.” Originally from Illinois, Korn relocated to North Carolina in…

Lincolnton Brewers Club hops into fourth year

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Over the last decade, a revival of home brewing has swept through the U.S. as beer aficionados dare to produce their own product. The movement isn’t about snubbing the large commercial beer producers or even saving a nickel. The movement is about people who enjoy the…

Vale man arrested for rape of child

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Staff report A Vale man is facing several felony charges related to the sexual assault of a child. The Lincolnton Police Department received a report about a child molestation on Dec. 14. According to a press release, Danny Lee Hensley, 40, of 7873 Matthew Miller Road was arrested on charges…

WRESTLING — Measuring stick

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Rebels face tough test tonight at N-C RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Last season was the first in as long as Butch Ross can remember that his West Lincoln wrestling team didn’t win some sort of conference title. Making up for that begins tonight against the defending league champion. The Rebels…