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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.…

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…

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…

Deputies: Lincolnton woman stole nearly $200k from employer

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman has been charged with taking more than $196,000 from a Denver business over a period of seven years. On Jan. 20, an official with S and L Saw Mill, located at 3044 Highway 16 in Denver, filed a report regarding funds that were allegedly stolen…

Search by probation officers leads to drug arrests for trio

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Staff report Three people were arrested on drug charges in Lincolnton after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators assisted state probation and parole officers during a search of a home on Monday. Officers seized 13 bags containing a total of 60 grams of marijuana, two grams of cocaine, two tablets…