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Two men die in West Lincoln car wreck

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Staff report Two men have died from injuries sustained in a car wreck on Wednesday in western Lincoln County. Jeremiah Adkins, 23, of Vale, and Demarius Hooper, 25, of Lincolnton, were in a vehicle traveling east on Highway 27 at a high rate of speed at around 8 p.m. when…

State finds increasing problems at Lincolnton nursing home

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The number of citations issued by state inspectors for Cardinal Healthcare and Rehab, a nursing home in Lincolnton, have been steadily rising over the past three years. In 2016, Cardinal received 10 deficiencies, it received seven in 2015 and none in 2014, bringing that facility’s…

Former Apple Queen’s modeling career taking off

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Getting into modeling late and quite by chance, Erica Miller is now juggling the schedule of a full-time college student and a professional model. It started for her when she competed in the Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant when she was 16. “I didn’t even…

Deputies: Man sold stolen guns to detective’s friend

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Staff report A Huntersville man has been charged with breaking into a Lincolnton home and stealing more than $3,000 in guns and ammunition. Deputies said Thomas Owen King, 31, of Henderson Park Drive, broke into a home on Stoney Ridge Road and stole five guns and ammunition on Jan. 2.…

Mountain Joy performing with Lowesville Gospel Concerts

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Mountain Joy will be returning to the stage at Lowesville Gospel Concerts on Saturday at Living Word Ministries in Stanley. Based out of Waynesville, Mountain Joy is a family group that plays gospel music. “God has given us the opportunity to travel and sing and…

Chamber of Commerce grand openings

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  The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce held grand openings for the Knipp Law Office (below) and Fairway Mortgage Company (above) on Jan. 10 in Denver.  …

Worley to become LHS principal again

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education announced on Tuesday that former Lincolnton High School principal Tony Worley will serve in that role once again. Worley will fill a position vacated by Heath Belcher, effective March 1. Worley currently is serving as director of secondary education…

Volunteer group helps people stranded during snowstorm

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The volunteers that make up Tri-State 4X4 and Assistance were kept particularly busy over the past few days, helping people get to work and pulling vehicles out of ditches. Patrick Fowler, David Berryhill, Michael and Sandy Beer, Michael King, Jessie Lynn Stokes and Cody Wright…

Use of county SWAT team declines

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has significantly dialed back the use of its SWAT team over the past year. The unit hasn’t been fully deployed since a raid in May that netted three arrests and six ounces of methamphetamine. An analysis conducted by the Lincoln Times-News…

Lincolnton blacksmith keeps up practice of ancient art

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Using the fire in a forge fed by bituminous charcoal, several different types of hammers, pliers and an anvil made in 1895, Scott Beam creates works of art out of iron at his smithy in Lincolnton. Originally, he learned how to shoe horses because he…