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Criminal Charges — 9-14-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Johnny Daniel Hallman, 21, of 480 Ed Hallman Tr. in Vale was charged on September 9 with one count of failure to appear. Timothy Allen Hart, 58, of 872 Tower Rd. in Vale was charged on September 9 with one count…

Golf tournament fundraiser supports NCPANDA program

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse, Austin Orthodontics and the Gaston Dental Society came together in 2013 to launch the statewide NCPANDA (Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness) program. The grassroots program continues to grow by leaps and bounds and the founders expect that…

Author will recall 1916 flood at meeting

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The East Lincoln Historical Society will welcome Mike Baxter as a guest speaker tonight when the group discusses the flood that devastated the Blue Ridge region in 1916. Baxter teaches United States history and world civilization courses at Central Piedmont Community College, as well as western…

Lincoln County certified as a ‘Work Ready Community’

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County has been certified as an NC Works Certified Work Ready Community by the North Carolina Chamber Foundation board of directors. “I think this will mean really good things because when a new corporation moves into an area they want a really legitimate, well-trained workforce,”…

Lincoln County Hearth Cooks offer classes

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A local 18th century-themed group called the Lincoln County Hearth Cooks is offering classes next month for those interested in learning the art of traditional open-fire cooking. The goal of most historically accurate hearth cooking groups is to portray their ancestors’ experiences when preparing meals through…

Four arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report Four people have been arrested on felony drug charges after deputies allegedly saw a man injecting drugs in the parking lot of a business on Highway 73 in Denver. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they responded to a complaint about drug activity in the 7100 block of…

Woman arrested for identity theft, food stamp fraud

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Staff report A western Lincoln County woman has been charged with food stamp fraud and identity theft. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on Tuesday of a van driven by Sandra Lynn Gaul, 46, of Clarence Beam Road in Cherryville. During the review of the report,…

Neil Underwood: Education experience will be benefit as commissioner

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Neil Underwood knows his bid for a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is going to be a challenging one. He would be the first Democrat elected to the Republican-dominated board since 1998. Underwood, 57, retired in 2015 from the Lincoln County Schools system…

Criminal Charges — 9-12-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Sandra Lynn Gaul, 46, of 1256 Clarence Beam Rd. in Cherryville was charged on September 8 with eleven counts of financial identity fraud, eight counts of food stamp fraud, and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying…

Around Town — 9-12-16

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TODAY Meeting The Oakland Center (former Oakland School), located in Lincolnton will host the Coalition of Churches monthly meeting at 7 p.m. The meeting will consist of committee selections for the incoming year. The public is invited to this meeting. Golf Tournament The Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center will host…