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Around Town 1/16/2008

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NATIONAL PIE DAY National Pie Day is Jan. 22 and the public is invited to sample homemade pies beginning at noon that day at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Anyone who wishes to take a pie to the event should submit a recipe to the North Carolina…

Soldier shares his stories

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Army Specialist Joseph Sigmon, 22, was grilled by a roomful of Pumpkin Center Primary School first-grade students (including his two 7-year-old cousins) Tuesday morning. Questions ranged from silly to incredibly serious: “Do you have guns there?” “Do sometimes y’all have to go in wars?” “Do y’all have rocket launchers there?”…

Rhyne announces for Kiser`s seat

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Former state representative and Lincolnton-based attorney Johnathan Rhyne Jr. announced Tuesday he will seek the seat of retiring Lincoln County state legislator Rep. Joe Kiser (R-97 th). Coming on the same day as Kiser’s announcement he would not run for re-election, Rhyne became the first Republican so far to declare…

Two men arrested in home break-ins

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Two men were arrested in connection with break-ins that date back to July 2007. Larry Ulmer Clark Jr., 26, Seneca, S.C., and Richard Sidney Carlton, 52, Lincolnton, were charged with 13 felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense, said Larry Seagle,…

Man caught, charged in vehicle break-ins

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One Lincoln County man was arrested last Thursday in connection with several vehicle break-ins near a Lincolnton walking trail. Jesse Douglas Roberson, 25, Maiden, was charged with 10 felony counts of obtaining money or property by false pretense and 10 felony counts of larceny, said Det. Charles McGinley of the…

Planners discuss front yard setbacks

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Front yard setback measurements, an issue raised by property owner Neil Ferguson and tabled at the Lincolnton Planning Board’s Dec. 18 meeting, were among the topics discussed at the group’s January meeting, held Tuesday at Lincolnton City Hall. City of Lincolnton Planning Director Steve Gurley said staff recommendations to adjust…

Red Cross has shortage, sets drives

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The American Red Cross is facing a severe shortage of several types in Lincoln County, and is asking for donations. Locally, the American Red Cross has less then a day’s supply of type O negative, B negative, and A negative blood. “During the winter, donations drop and the supply of…

Church outreach plans medical care

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Providence Church of Denver hasn’t been around that long, but its members are already trying to reach out to their community. The church, launched in September 2006, will host Twice Touched United, an outreach program designed to provide free basic medical, dental and vision screening to low-income families, or to…

Granny Kat definitely not your typical grandmother

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BY TOBI YARBRO RAY Granddaughter of Kathryn Yarbro ———————————— “Get a doctor, get a priest, get a life!” …Not exactly the advice one expects from a grandmother, but Granny Kat is no typical grandmother. Yes, she bakes wonderful bread and before her arthritis got too bad, she was an excellent…

Salem Industries to receive award

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A Lincoln County business will receive an award Wednesday for its outstanding management in health and safety. For the first time, Salem Industries in Lincolnton will receive the Safety and Health Achievement Award from North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry, said Pat Underwood, director of human resources for Gaston…