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County unemployment rate sees dip

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County saw a significant drop in its unemployment rate for August, according to the latest figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Wednesday. The number dropped more than one percentage point to 8.6 percent, down from 9.8 percent a month earlier.…

Eagles down Ironmen in battle for second

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By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER –– Lincoln Charter couldn’t quite close things out the last time it met Cherryville. Not only did it seal the deal this time, but it took over second place in the process. Madi NeeSmith had seven kills and accounted for 12 points, and Christina…

Another draw

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Wolves now 0-0-2 against top SD-7 teams By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor The top soccer teams in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference are giving Lincolnton a headache. Graham Willis’ header in the second overtime period saved the Wolves from dropping their first league match and they finished tied…

Jenkins commits to G-W

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Holds WL’s all-time saves mark with 11 By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Chandler Jenkins has decided where he wants to play college baseball. The West Lincoln standout verbally committed to Gardner-Webb University on Monday, the left-hander said on Twitter. Jenkins, who holds the record for saves at West Lincoln with…

Surratt receives offer from Clemson

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Chazz Surratt has almost as many Division I offers as he does varsity starts at quarterback. The East Lincoln sophomore picked up an offer from third-ranked Clemson on Monday, giving him three standing offers –– all from the ACC –– Mustangs coach Mike Byus said. N.C. State extended…

Calendar — 10/2/13

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Upcoming games Note: Junior varsity start time for volleyball is typically 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. for boys soccer (5:15 p.m. for N. Piedmont 3A/4A soccer matches). Varsity contests will follow JVs, unless otherwise noted. Today Boys soccer E. Lincoln at Newton-Conover Maiden at Lincolnton N. Lincoln at S. Iredell…

City to consider contracts with county, again

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Discussion of various contracts with Lincoln County will once again be on the agenda for the Lincolnton City Council Thursday night. During the group’s previous meeting, it was decided to send revised versions of the agreements, regarding the sale of city water and the county’s…

Bomb found at child porn bust

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies said they located a homemade bomb Tuesday morning while searching the home of a man also accused of possessing child pornography. Detectives Sally Dellinger and Dan Renn, assisted by officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, executed a search warrant…

Lion’s Club offers vision screening to students

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Friends remember wreck victim as happy, friendly man

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “When you saw him coming, you knew that you were going to smile,” Jerry Long said of longtime friend and Crouse resident Michael Rhyne, who passed away this week in a vehicle wreck in Gaston County. Long, a former Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy, met…