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ANALYSIS: Website appears to plagiarize daily newspapers

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A writer for a Lincolnton news website appears to have plagiarized from articles in the Charlotte Observer and the Gaston Gazette in a story about transgender bathrooms and new legislation related to same-sex marriage. The story, published under the byline of journalist Wayne Howard and posted…

Denver fire under investigation by Forestry Service

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer What began as a brush fire influenced by specific weather conditions resulted in massive property damage in Denver on Sunday. The North Carolina Forestry Service has been tabbed as the investigating agency. “We are in the very early stages of this investigation,” Chase Payne said. The…

SWAT gear, weapons stolen in break-in

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Staff report A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office patrol car was damaged and duty firearms and SWAT turn-out gear were stolen in a break-in on Feb. 8 in Catawba County. Sgt. Robert Jefferies returned on Sunday morning from a weekend trip to find that his home and vehicle had been burglarized.…

Crews battling large fire in eastern Lincoln County

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A brush fire off of Deer Track Drive in eastern Lincoln County resulted in an East Lincoln plant being destroyed by fire on Sunday. Universal Rubber Products, just off of Highway 16, is located just adjacent to Forest Oak Drive. The call initially came in to…

Couple arrested for drugs after SWAT raid

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team executed a drug raid at a home on Kent Street in Maiden on Wednesday and arrested a husband and wife on several felony charges. Narcotics agents seized several grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and weapons from the home at 4160 Kent…

Officers: Teen reported missing was staying with relatives

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Staff report A Lincolnton teenager who was reported as missing has been located. Lincolnton Police officers said they located 15-year-old Breanna Danielle Hoyle at a relative’s home on S&D Road in Maiden on Tuesday. She was reported missing on Jan. 22 after last being seen at Lincolnton High School.…

McHenry: Obama’s budget means more taxes, more debt

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Staff report Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the chief deputy whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, said President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget, released Monday, “proposes more debt and taxes,” according to a press release from McHenry’s office. “Over the last week and again this morning President Obama…

Column: ‘Invest in Us’

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AMY WADSWORTH Guest Columnist Children need a strong start to be successful in school and life. As child educators and parents we know how true this is! In response to President Barack Obama’s call for action to expand access to high-quality preschool for every child in America, there is a…

Police looking for missing girl, possible runaway

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 15-year-old girl who is possibly a runaway. Breanna Danielle Hoyle, a white female with blue eyes, brown hair, 5-foot-3 and 115 lbs., was reported missing on Jan. 22 by her guardian. She was last…

Cold weather precautions and management tips for livestock owners

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JEFF CARPENTER Guest Columnist The winter season is upon us and animal owners will soon be faced with the challenges of managing livestock under extreme cold in 2015. Many animal owners will remember the winter of 2013-14 and the unusual challenges of caring for outside animals during extended periods of…