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Deputies ask for public’s help to find missing woman

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UPDATED: The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a new release issued Tuesday evening that Coffey had been located.    Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate a woman missing from eastern Lincoln County. Deputies were dispatched to the 4400 block of Greenfield Court…

Home for disabled veteran being built in Denver

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A disabled veteran and his or her family will soon have a new place to call home in Lincoln County. A ceremony was held on Friday to commemorate the third house built by Purple Heart Homes. Volunteers from a team of first responders from the…

Local legislators react to HB2 repeal

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer North Carolina lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday that repeals House Bill 2. The vote — 32-16 in the Senate and 70-48 in the House, both in favor of repealing — closes the chapter on the controversial law, which required transgender people to use the bathroom…

Lincoln Theatre Guild hosts first ‘Youth Actors Guild’

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln Theatre Guild is in the midst of its first Youth Actors Guild, which began on March 18 and will run for six weeks. This new program was added as a means to reach out to the youth in the community. “We really thought…

Commissioners approve new West Lincoln library

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously during a special called budget work session on Friday to approve a contract that will result in a new West Lincoln library facility. Loretta Beam, a Lincoln County resident, has agreed to donate 35 acres of land near…

Lincolnton teen accused of leading deputies on chase

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Staff report A 16-year-old Lincolnton resident is accused of leading deputies on a car chase on Thursday. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said the chase began on Ritchie Road at around 9 p.m. According to a press release, deputies went to a home on Ritchie Road to investigate a call…

Mount Holly man accused of stealing iPhones

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Staff report A Mount Holly man has been accused of stealing two iPhones from an AT&T store in Denver. Deputies said Jehiel Adarie McGowan, 19, of Dutch Avenue, was arrested on Wednesday in Concord. McGowan is accused of going to the AT&T store on Highway 73 in Denver on March…

Criminal Charges— 4-3-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Tyler Lee Gragg, 24, of 491 Lineberger Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Mar. 30 with three counts of obtaining advances under promise to work/pay the same and one count each of felony conversion and larceny of a motor vehicle. A $4,000…

Lincolnton farmers market opens for season on Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer After a long winter’s nap, the Lincoln County Farmers Market is returning to downtown Lincolnton on Saturday, and to the Department of Social Services (DSS) parking lot on Thursday. The Denver market will be open as well, but it has remained open throughout the winter,…

Child Advocacy Center raising awareness of child abuse

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month and, in an effort to bring awareness to child abuse, the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center (LCCAC) is selling blue light bulbs to “Light up the Night for Child Abuse Awareness.” These blue light bulbs can be installed…