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Officers ask for help to find runaway

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Staff report Lincolnton Police Department officers are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 12-year-old boy who is believed to be a runaway. Officers said John David Charles, who was described as a 5-foot-7, 130-pound African American, was reported missing on Saturday. He was last seen wearing blue…

Lincoln County history on display in Charlotte

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A number of antique, decorative long rifles crafted in Lincoln County some 200 years ago were on display on Saturday at the Charlotte Museum of History. Michael Briggs, a local historian and author, has spent the better part of four decades studying the long rifle makers…

Gaston man arrested for Lincoln County breaking and entering

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Staff report A Gaston County man has been arrested in connection with a break-in at a Lincoln County residence on Sept. 18. Deputies said they received information from Gaston County that a detective there had discovered evidence related to the break-in on Maiden Salem Road in Lincolnton while investigating a…

Grant will help Tucker’s Grove make repairs

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer There was a time when just the arbor stood at Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting in Iron Station. The tents came later. That arbor, made from hand-hewn wood, has been standing for more than 140 years, and it’s starting to show its age. “When we came…

Rep. McHenry meets with Lincoln County veterans and law enforcement

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry put his campaign for re-election on hold less than a week before Election Day to make a handful of appearances in Lincoln County on Wednesday morning. He made his first appearance of the day at Gaston College to address a room of local…

Blanket the Homeless keeps serving county’s homeless population

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Given how hot it was all summer and that it’s still unseasonably warm into the fall, it’s hard for some of us to think about being cold or hungry. For the Lincoln County homeless, even during these warmer nights they have ongoing needs and will…

Crouse community group knits for cancer patients

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Judy Sackett could never understand why her husband, Byron Sackett, Sr., who was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago and died in February 2015, always complained about being so cold. “We just kept piling more blankets on him,” she said. “But it…

Cemetery tour to tell history of Cedar Grove Lutheran

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The history of a church is not so much about the building but about the people that formed and make up the church. As part of their yearlong 125th anniversary celebration, congregation members of Cedar Grove Lutheran Church in Vale will be hosting a candlelight…

Criminal Charges — 11-4-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Eric Todd Ramsey, 43, of 228 Young Rd. in Bessemer City was charged on Nov. 1 with four counts of failure to appear and one count of probation violation. A $40,000 secured bond was set. Michael Todd Beal, 29, of 1244…

Around Town — 11-4-16

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Saturday Craft Sale A Christmas Craft sale will be held at 186 Drum St. in Boger City, in front of the new McDonalds, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Barbecue fundraiser The Fairfield United Methodist Church, located on Fairfield Forest Rd. in Denver across from the library will host a…