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Another suspect charged in armed robbery

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Staff report A Gastonia man is facing charges related to an armed robbery in Lincolnton in March. Benshown Theron Robertson, 21, of 1233 S. Marietta Street, is accused of participating in a robbery where he and two other suspects stole a pair of tennis shoes, cash and a watch from…

Man charged with Dunkin Donuts break-in

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Staff report A Statesville man was charged on Friday in connection with a January break-in at the Dunkin Donuts on Highway 16 Business in Denver. Detectives said deputies were dispatched to the break-in at around 2 a.m. on Jan. 25 and arrived to find a front window of the store…

Around Town— 5-10-17

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TODAY Blood drive Lincoln Charter School, located at 133 Eagle Nest Rd. in Lincolnton will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Confederate Memorial Day The Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Camp #1616 will host Confederate Memorial Day Program at 7 p.m. on the Lincoln County Courthouse…

Criminal Charges— 5-10-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Melvin Patrick McCullah, Jr., 21, of 3269 Ginger Ln. in Maiden was charged May 5 with one count of possessing, selling, or buying an altered gun serial number. A $3,000 secured bond was set. Joshua Drake Spencer, 24, of 1352 Confederate…

Criminal Charges— 5-8-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Robert Shawn Columbia, 42, of 321 N. Flint St. in Lincolnton was charged May 2 with one count of assault on a female. A $3,000 bond was set. Danny Eugene Dean, Jr., 38, of 307 Hubbard St. in Lincolnton was charged…

Lincolnton holds Relay For Life

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The chill and overcast skies didn’t dampen the enthusiasm shared by cancer survivors, their families, caregivers and supporters at the Relay For Life event held in the Lincolnton High School stadium on Friday. After the welcome address, Lincolnton High School’s Junior ROTC presented the colors…

Seniors celebrated at Older Americans Month event

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County Senior Services celebrated Older Americans Month on Friday at Betty Ross Park in Lincolnton. When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Today, seniors…

New owner puts stamp on Bennett’s Iron Station Thunder

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Bennett Johnson opened Bennett’s Automotive Repair in Lincolnton in 2006 and, with the help of top-notch mechanic Clint Hudson, the shop has grown steadily over the past decade. Bennett is also the new owner of downtown Lincolnton motorcycle shop Iron Station Thunder, which he purchased in…

Lincolnton City Council approves downtown market, townhomes

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton councilmen unanimously approved two significant downtown projects during their regularly monthly meeting on Thursday evening. The first, a request from Piedmont Companies for the conditional use rezoning of approximately 0.93 acres, permits the construction of a townhome complex on the northwest corner of North…

Deputies: One dead after shootout

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Staff report A 51-year-old Gastonia man was killed in a shootout in Lincolnton on Saturday that investigators are calling a case of self-defense. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Marion Palmer Yarborough died Saturday afternoon at a home on Painter Lane northeast of Lincolnton. Deputies said Yarborough and another man…