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Deputies arrest four suspected Lincolnton dealers

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three men and a woman who allegedly sold narcotics to undercover investigators. Deputies said, in a press release, that in two cases a trafficking amount of methamphetamine and opium-based pills were sold. The investigations were spurred by tips and complaints from…

BALLARD: Woman helps abused children

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  PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist I recently met Susan Gauthier, the victim services coordinator at the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center. She has held this position for the past five years. She was formerly a human resources officer for Timken. She loves what she does,…

Grandson confesses to murder

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Staff report The Morganton man accused of murdering his 77-year-old grandmother in February has confessed to the crime, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Chadwick Allen Bean, 40, of 3187 Rabbit Ridge Road, confessed on Thursday to stabbing Lucille Miller Punch to death, prior to being taken to the…

East, West hold graduation

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Oil, That Is: Hester ready for ‘Hillbillies’ role

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The thick, white mustache makes it hard to keep things secret, and that is Danny Hester’s dilemma. Lincoln County’s register of deeds has been growing out this portion of his facial hair since May, a break from the norm and an obstacle of sorts. Tonight, Hester…

Car enthusiast inspired by a bygone era

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Denver resident Bryon Webber has a passion for all things related to the late 1960s and 1970s. The music, the “vibe” of the era and, most importantly, the cars. The Eden, New York native with grease in his blood grew up watching his father, Lee, appreciate…

Around Town — 6-12-15

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Around town for June 12, 2015. SATURDAY Breakfast Marvin United Methodist Church, located at 2731 Startown Rd. in Lincolnton will host a full breakfast buffet from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. A donation of $6 will benefit the parsonage fund. Food giveaway Daniels Lutheran Church, located at 3170 Reepsville Road in Lincolnton,…

One arrest, few incidents for Hog Happenin’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer One driving while impaired arrest was made during the 2015 Hog Happenin’ barbecue and motorcycle festival, held Friday and Saturday in downtown Lincolnton. A major change for this year’s festivities was that beer consumption was allowed within the entirety of the event area. In previous years,…

Brothers’ journey culminates with business ownership

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A journey that began in a small farming community in Tecozautla, Mexico has led two brothers to realize a dream that started on Monday. When the doors of Exclusive Auto Innovations opened its doors for the very first time in Newton, Antonio and Miguel Morales appreciated…

Commissioners OK 129-acre solar farm

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Board of Commissioners formally approved a 129-acre solar farm during its Monday night meeting at the James W. Warren Citizens Center, but not before Chairman Carrol Mitchem voiced displeasure with what he said were inconsistencies by the county’s planning board. Mitchem was the only commissioner…