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Police charge owners of closed sweepstakes gaming centers

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police said they served warrants this week on two owners of Internet sweepstakes centers in Lincolnton after undercover investigations last month revealed the businesses were operating illegally. Detectives charged both Victor Odell Boulware, 50, of 14114 Montecastillo Place in Charlotte, on Feb. 7 and…

The high cost of not fixing

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  Humane Society offering February discount for spaying, neutering JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Humane Society volunteer Pam Kuebler says she will never forget the fall day in 2011 when her neighbor’s unneutered Great Dane attacked her face. “Dog owners need to be made accountable for unneutered males,” she told the…

Deputies: Fraud suspects had struck elsewhere

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Following the arrest of three suspects on fraud charges Saturday at a Lincoln County convenience store, deputies have uncovered new details in the incident accusing the trio of carrying out similar criminal behavior at businesses in three other surrounding counties, the Sheriff’s…

Intersection decision splits City Council

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Whether to move forward with preliminary-engineering services for an intersection-improvement project resulted in a split vote by the Lincolnton City Council Thursday night. Planning Director Laura Simmons’ request to engage TGS Engineers to provide such services within 90 days for a cost of $20,000…

Spec building hearing draws strong opinions

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Former county commissioners speak out both for and against building structure to lure industries SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Three former commissioners were among those to speak up about the county’s proposal to build a $1.8 million speculative building during a public hearing Monday night, with the current Board of Commissioners ultimately…

Doing something about crime in Crouse

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Neighbors unite to battle petty theft JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Since 2009, Ted and Crystal Huss have had more than $12,000 in lawn and tool equipment stolen from one of their western Lincoln County residences and have heard about other similar incidents occurring at their neighbors’ homes in recent years.…

Hospital lifts flu measures

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Carolinas HealthCare System announced Tuesday that previously imposed restrictions on the visitation policy for all of its Charlotte-area hospitals, including CMC-Lincoln, are lifted beginning today. The hospital system began restricting visitors under the age of 12 at more than 10 of its locations on Jan. 10,…

Bystanders, stun gun help apprehend fraud suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Local citizens assisted deputies Saturday in apprehending a New York man along with two Charlotte individuals accused of fraud at an eastern Lincoln County convenience store after two of the three suspects tried to flee the scene, prompting officers to use a stun gun on one…

City Council set to meet on Thursday

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will conduct its regular monthly meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. On the agenda for the meeting are: A public hearing on a proposed amendment to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance that would allow motorcycle sales as a permitted use in…

County’s jobless rate back above 10 percent

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County saw its unemployment rate rise to 10.1 percent in the month of December, up from 9.5 a month earlier, but down more than a percentage point from the previous December’s rate. It was one of 97 out of 100 North Carolina counties…