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Trio arrested on drug charges

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Staff report Three people have been arrested on felony drug charges following a lengthy investigation in western Lincoln County. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Donald Joseph Gaul, 52, and Sanday Lynn Gaul, 46, both of 1256 Clarence Beam Road in Cherryville, and William Elton Patterson, 45, of 1338 Clarence…

Cub scouts help raise food for the needy

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Like a well-oiled machine, uniformed scouts loaded bags of food into an East Lincoln Christian Ministry box truck in the parking lot of Hill’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Stanley on Saturday. Area troops, including Cub Scout Pack 83 out of Hill’s Chapel United Methodist…

Iron Station potter works with Lincoln County clay

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Robert Hovis started making pottery using refined clay and glazes, but became curious about the old kraut and pickle jars like his parents had when he was growing up. He then began making pottery with the clay that he dug from his property in Iron…

Smith, Rhyne honored at Lincoln County Chamber banquet

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Hundreds gathered inside the Laboratory Mill in Lincolnton on Thursday evening for the annual Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce banquet. The night serves as a celebration for all that has been accomplished in Lincoln County over the past year and as a recognition of two individuals…

Lincoln County DSS celebrates 10 new adoptions

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Ten foster children found their forever homes in Lincoln County this year. November is adoption awareness month and, on Friday, the Lincoln County Department of Social Services (LCDSS) held its annual ceremony celebrating these adoptions. “Normally, adoptions go through quietly and move through the system…

Lincoln County firefighters battle WNC wildfires

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The smoke and haze that have been in the air all week are hard to ignore. The fires aren’t burning in Lincoln County, but they’re threatening lives, homes and other structures in adjacent counties. Four firefighters from the Denver Fire Department are currently working 12-hour…

City officials raise downtown Christmas tree

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer “As big of a pain as it is – I still love it,” City of Lincolnton Public Works assistant director Robert Buff said. “It’s in honor of my grandfather, who used to drag us all over the world looking for a cedar tree for Christmas.…

Criminal Charges — 11-18-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Tommy Lee Lilly, 32, of 432 South Hoyle St. Dallas was charged on Nov. 10 with one count each of felony breaking and entering building, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Eddie Lee Hullender, 26, of 1097…

Around Town — 11-18-16

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FRIDAY Blood Donation Pisgah United Methodist Church, located at 2582 Gastonia Hwy. in Lincolnton will host a blood drive from 2:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Senior Dance                       Gaston County Senior Center, located at 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas will host a Senior Dance. Doors open at 6 p.m. and…

‘Handmade for the Holidays’ back for fifth year

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Woodworking was a boyhood dream of Michael Hoffman, who lives in Lincolnton with his wife, Cynthia. Hoffman’s goal when he retires is to have a woodworking shop, and he’s counting down the days to when he retires next year because he’ll have one. An artist…