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Grandson takes on the family farm

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Ethan Lineberger, 20, grew up in the suburbs outside of Raleigh and always looked forward to traveling to Lincoln County on weekends to help with his grandparents’ farm. Now a soil science major at North Carolina State University, Ethan plans to work on the family farm when he graduates next…

UFOs now an ‘open book’

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George Fawcett, Lincolnton’s expert UFO investigator, is slowly, but surely retiring from his lifelong passion. “Frankly, I’ve done my job, and as a result, we’ve flown all over the world, we’ve met people we never would have met,” Fawcett said of himself and his wife. “I’ve had a balanced life…

Endowment and scholarship created to honor retired 4-H agent

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A $25,000 endowment has been created in honor of Carolyn Heavner Goodwin, a retired 4-H agent. “She basically gave her life to Extension and 4-H,” said April Dillon, a 4-H agent with the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension. “She was just extremely dedicated to the program. The endowment will be used…

Firearms stolen from home

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Authorities are asking for information on a case after several guns were taken from a home near the county line. On Monday, a breaking and entering and larceny was reported in the 3000 block of Summerrow Road, near Maiden. The suspects kicked in the front door, entered the back bedroom…

Police: Search turned up drugs

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A 17-year-old, wanted on drug-related charges, was arrested Monday by Lincolnton Police. Johnny Ray Izard, 17, of 4160 Kent St., in Maiden, was served a warrant for arrest on a simple possession charge after a tip revealed he was visiting a Mauney Drive apartment complex, but what officers reporting finding…

Academic banquet

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Man charged for forged checks

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An Iron Station man is facing felony charges after detectives say he wrote worthless checks to an East Lincoln business nearly three years ago. Bradley Christopher Nolen, 23, of 6125 Nolen Acres, was charged with four counts each of uttering forged endorsements and obtaining property by false pretense. On June…

Whippoorwill Wildlife Sanctuary: Caring for critters

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ABOVE: Karin Reynolds uses a syringe filled with a special formula to nurse a five-week-old gray squirrel back to health last month at Whippoorwill Wildlife Sanctuary in Denver. She releases such animals back into the wild after they are old enough. BELOW: Reynolds feeds a special formula to a baby…

Martial arts school teaches kung fu, and code of ethics

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Shaolin Kung Fu School aims to teach students more than just martial arts skills. Three months ago, owners Mark and Jennifer Williams moved the martial arts school from 615 Highway 16 North to 2493 Highway 16 North. Mark Williams teaches a variety of related kung fu styles, which train students…

Around Town 5/19/2010

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CAR WASH The Without Walls Deliverance Center will hold a car wash 4 p.m. this evening in the Big Lots parking lot. Proceeds will benefit the youth program. REVIVAL River View Baptist Church, located at 2230 Riverview Road in Lincolnton, will hold revival services from 7 p.m. tonight. Evangelist Herb…