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Around Town — 2-1-17

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TODAY Support Group River   View   Baptist   Church, located at 2230 Riverview Road in Lincolnton, is sponsoring a 13-week support group for separated/divorced individuals. Cost is $15. Child care provided. Group meetings will be 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. each week. For more information, call (704) 740-9667.   Senior Services Lincoln…

Man arrested on child abuse charges

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Staff report An Iron Station man is facing child abuse charges and a Maiden woman is accused of trying to hide him from deputies. Roderick Brandon Lessard, 29, of Low Bridge Road in Iron Station, and Lura Elizabeth Holmes, 28, of Falcon Ridge Road in Maiden, were arrested on Friday…

Commissioner charged with trespassing

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Staff report A Lincoln County commissioner has been charged with trespassing. Martin Oakes, a first-term commissioner from Denver, was charged with second-degree trespassing for allegedly driving past a gate posted with a “no trespassing” sign and down a long driveway to a home at 430 North Little Egypt Road in…

Commissioners, school board talk capacity

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners capped a busy week by meeting with the Lincoln County Board of Education on Thursday evening. The meeting concluded with a presentation from Lincoln County planning director Andrew Bryant updating both boards on looming school capacity concerns in relation to…

Historian keeps digging into Lincoln County’s rich past

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer “I was born interested and with the curious gene, but the older you get, the more engrossed you become in keeping your mind active and alive,” Ann Dellinger said. “A lot of people do crossword puzzles. I do genealogy, and that definitely keeps your brain…

Woman charged with jailhouse assault

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman has been charged with assaulting two guards at the Lincoln County jail. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Samantha Jeanette Ruiz, 26, of Lakeland Avenue, injured the two detention officers on Wednesday as they were escorting her to the restroom. Ruiz is accused of pushing…

Lincolnton farmer specializes in artisanal pizza, doughs

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Affectionately known as the “Pizza Man,” Brian Rollins makes both pizza and bread, but not just any pizza or bread. He grows the wheat used in the flour to make both on his farm in Lincolnton. Prior to baking bread or making pizza dough, he…

Former registered sex offender charged with assaulting 17-year-old

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Staff report An Iron Station man who was formerly a registered sex offender in another state has been charged with sexual battery for allegedly assaulting a 17-year-old girl. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Jeremy Reuben Karabela, 38, of Old Plank Road, was charged with touching the girl inappropriately.…

Local man inducted into martial arts hall of fame

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Lincoln County man was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame over the weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Kendall Huss, 21, has perfected karate under the guidance of Shotokan Karate Grand Master Maurice Moore for the past 17 years. Now, just…

Criminal Charges — 1-30-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Amanda Renee Lawing, 31, of 2824 Buffalo Shoals Rd. in Maiden was charged on Jan. 20 with two counts of probation violation. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Austin Shane McCutcheon, 18, of 320 Poplar St. in Lincolnton was charged on…