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McHenry releases statement on Congressional passage of Keystone XL bill

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Staff report Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the chief deputy whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, whose district includes all of Lincoln County, released the following statement about Congress’s passage of the bill authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline: “After six years of reviews, court cases,…

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…

Rebels pin Croatan, win state 2A dual-team wrestling title

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor NEWPORT — West Lincoln can now hang another dual-team state title team photo in its wrestling room. Senior Michael McSwain’s pin in the 182-pound weight class dotted the ‘i’ and crossed the ’t’s for the Rebels’ title hopes as they dominated Newport Croatan 49-19 on Saturday to…

Missing man found safe

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Staff Report Fulton Walton Byrum, Jr. was located safe in Yadkinville on Thursday. Family members picked him up on Thursday.…

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…

Sheriff’s Office seeking public help in locating missing elderly man

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Staff Report An elderly Stanley man is missing and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance from the public. Deputies were dispatched to 5849 Cedar Brook Court in Stanley on Feb. 3 after a family member reported that Fulton Walton Byrum, Jr., 85, was missing. Byrum, who is…

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.…