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City cops bust drug offenders

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Lincolnton Police said they targeted more than 30 drug offenders Wednesday morning following a nearly three-month undercover investigation. City officers, along with aid from Sheriff’s detectives John Propst and Frank Runyon, took to the streets in teams of two for Operation “Independence…

Charities build homes in Denver for wounded veterans

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer One former Marine and his family have been chosen to receive a new home in Denver in connection with a five-charity collaborative effort for wounded veterans. Sergeant Jason Hyde, of Spartanburg, is set to move into the two-story Katherine Drive residence next month with…

Events celebrate Independence Day

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Various events marking the Fourth of July holiday will be taking place in the area, with the first such celebration getting underway this evening. Below is a roundup of local Independence Day parades and festivities:   Wednesday:   The city of Cherryville will…

Fryes named Farm Family of the Year

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District has chosen as its 2013 “Conservation Farm Family” Gerald and Leslie Frye. The couple, who raise beef cattle exclusively at their more than 200-acre farm on Flay Road in western Lincoln County, will officially be recognized…

Storms hit hard in Lincoln County

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Winds, rain and intense lightning pounded Lincoln County Friday evening, producing flash floods on the eastern end in addition to high water levels in Iron Station, where a demolished private roadway, now temporarily fixed, separated some residents from the outside world. Pumpkin Center…

Couple makes move from France to Lincolnton

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   It’s been a year since European-born couple Jean and Philippe Trochard uprooted themselves from France and moved to Lincoln County. They now consider the American community their true “home.” The couple visited the county for a month more than a year ago and…

Man charged with sex offenses

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A 26-year-old Lincoln County man accused of engaging in sex-related behavior with a teen girl November through March will make his first appearance today on the charges, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrested Anthony Alexander Gonzalez Solorzano, 26, of 2024 Poarch Rd. in Lincolnton,…

Deputies search for missing sisters

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Deputies said two Lincoln County sisters have been missing from their home since Tuesday. Mahagony Smith, 17, and Aniya Symone Mickey-Weeks, 14, ran away from their McCorkle Road residence, the Sheriff’s Office said. A godmother last saw the teens after deputies said…

Speed likely a factor in wreck

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Deputies find 30 one-pot meth labs

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LCSO nabs multiple drug suspects in two days of action JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Narcotics investigators were busy this week taking down alleged drug dealers who they said were harboring marijuana, methamphetamine labs and the methamphetamine precursors. The arrests stemmed from three separate incidents, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators…