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Levensaler, Appleton Wedding

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Darcy Rae Levensaler and Bryan James Appleton were united in marriage on June 14, 2014 at The Samoset Resort. Traci Reynolds officiated the 4 p.m. double ring ceremony and the sand ceremony with the groom’s children, Ellie and Brady. The bride is the daughter of Richard Jr. and Debra Levensaler…

Criminal Charges — 11-14-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Johnny Carroll Punch, 27, of 6515 Larry Huffman Street in Connelly Springs was charged Nov. 10 with one count each failure to appear and non-support of family. A $500 bond was set. Darrell Burton Stapleton, 32, of 733 Cedar Grove Church…

Deputies looking for missing Stanley man

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help to locate a missing 55-year-old Stanley man on Thursday. Deputies said Jeffery Odis Hoyle, of 2033 Cabin Lane, was reported missing by a family member on Nov. 6 and was last seen around Nov. 1. According to a…

Obituaries — 11-14-14

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Tiffany Dawn Black Tiffany Dawn Black, along with her dog, Chance, died late November 4, 2014 due to carbon monoxide poisoning from a fire at her home. She was born on July 20, 1968, and grew up in Dallas. She is survived by daughter, Hailey LeAnn Black; mother, Patsy Denton…

No Art Crawl, no problem for group

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Revitalizing Art Walk in downtown Lincolnton kicks off today at 5:30 p.m. Several Lincolnton businesses will open their doors to showcase local artists. The event sprang up from downtown artists and business owners after two community arts related events were cancelled — first the Downtown…

Man charged for lottery scam

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Staff report A Kings Mountain man is being charged with 32 counts of embezzlement after a lottery scam that was investigated by the Lincolnton Police Department and the North Carolina Lottery Commission. Christopher Lee Rathbone, 40, of 418 Belvedere Circle in Kings Mountain, formerly worked at A-1 Express in Lincolnton,…

East meets West on UDO

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Area Councils will present proposed changes to Unified Development Ordinance to commissioners in January ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A group of Lincoln County residents made history Thursday, holding the first joint Unified Development Ordinance discussion between East Lincoln and West Lincoln area councils. The joint meeting came after the formation…

Council approves recycling stations, car lot expansion

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council approved an amendment to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance that would permit a recycling station in the General Manufacturing and Commercial District (GMC) at its meeting Thursday night. In the memo correspondence from Planning Director Laura Simmons, the term “Recycling Station-Constructions and Demolition…

Substitute teacher, husband cited for underage drinking at party

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has served a criminal summons on a Lincoln County Schools substitute teacher and her husband related to a recent party involving underage drinking that was held at their home. Amanda Michelle Watts, 36, a substitute teacher, and Alfred Wayne Watts, Jr., 40, of…

Lincoln County Senior Center marks National Family Caregiver Month

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer According to the Caregiver Action Network, there are over 90 million family caregivers in the United States. It is estimated that 39 percent of Americans are caregivers, up 9 percent from 2010. The day-to-day tasks that a caregiver performs for their loved ones are as vast…