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Judge’s order halts voucher suit

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A Superior Court judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking a North Carolina law that allows low-income parents to send their children to private or religious schools with taxpayer money. Judge Robert Hobgood’s ruling last Friday prevents the state from holding a lottery this March that…

Deputies: Major meth distributor behind bars

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Narcotics investigators are confident the arrest of an alleged Lincolnton drug dealer this week will drastically decrease the amount of methamphetamine being trafficked throughout western Lincoln County and parts of Catawba County. With the help of both the Lincoln County Sheriff’s SWAT team…

Sheriff’s Office: Detectives locate, arrest ID theft suspect through Crime Stoppers tip

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        JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Hours after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office alerted the public Thursday about two alleged ID theft suspects believed to have used stolen credit and debit cards to make purchases at two Lincolnton businesses, deputies said they located the individuals through a…

Chamber group to represent western Lincoln County

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER  Staff Writer   The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and West Lincoln area Chamber members are working together to develop a West Lincoln Area Council. The group met Thursday for a luncheon meeting at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s building on East Main Street. Chair…

It’s starting to feel like spring

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Lincolnton Democrat files for commissioner

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  Staff report   The competition continues to grow in the Lincoln County Commissioner race. Lincolnton resident and Democrat Adam S. Long filed Wednesday for one of two seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Long is the first Democrat to file for election in the county this year.…

Woman’s faith helps others get back on their feet

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writers   Sheryl Dorsey, founder and director of King’s Daughters’ Ministry in Stanley, knew the heartache of homelessness and abuse before God called her to open up a home for hurting women. Having grown up in a broken household, she was later placed by the…

From Vale with Love

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    WoodMill Winery inks deal with Shanghai distributor ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   A local winery is gaining recognition in the international market for its beverages. WoodMill Winery in Vale is shipping its first international order today to Shanghai, China. Opening its doors in 2006, WoodMill Winery is a…

Tip leads to pot grow operation

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  Williams   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A call to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Drug Tip Line resulted in the arrest Tuesday morning of a Stanley man accused of operating an indoor marijuana grow operation, deputies said. Narcotics investigators first responded to a southeastern county apartment on Dartwood Lane…

Abandoned mill catches fire again

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A Lincolnton firefighter received head injuries while responding to a Sunday morning fire at an abandoned, condemned textile mill, fire officials said. The firefighter was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln for treatment after Lincolnton Fire Chief Mitch Burgin said part of the…