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Luck runs out for sweepstakes centers

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police and deputies have been teaming up to shut down Internet sweepstakes gaming centers accused of trying to illegally reopen more than a month after the North Carolina Supreme Court unanimously upheld the state’s 2010 ban, outlawing the particular type of activity as gambling.…

Shooting demonstration in Lincolnton

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Lincoln County leaders present legislative wish list

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  Flexible school calendar a priority SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County’s delegation to the North Carolina General Assembly lent an ear to local leaders Monday morning, just two days before the start of the new legislative session. Both N.C. Rep. Jason Saine and N.C. Sen. David Curtis were on…

Suspect accused in sexual assault on 8-year-old girl

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A 44-year-old Lincolnton man is accused of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl last year at a county residence, police detectives said. Lincolnton officers charged Terry Lee Wilson, of 901 E. Pine Street, on Wednesday with one felony count of first-degree sex offense. However, additional…

Special meeting to focus on school security

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  FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   Plans to upgrade school security are getting rapid attention. Proposals to make local students and teachers safer and calm parents’ fears have prompted a special called meeting of the Board of Education’s Buildings and Site Committee this week. “We have a lot of information…

Taking stock of local homelessness

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A required national count of homeless individuals and families is taking place locally today and continuing for a 24-hour period as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development annual needs-assessment survey. Called the Point-In-Time Count, the survey is designed to provide…

Ice and snow disrupt life in NC on Friday

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — Freezing rain and sleet closed schools and caused hundreds of wrecks Friday across North Carolina. Two rounds of sleet and freezing rain crossed the state, leaving a thin coat of ice, which was enough to bring about every major highway in the state to a standstill for…

Troopers: More than 40 wrecks in Lincoln Co.

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Drivers encountered slick conditions along Lincoln County roadways Friday after sleet and freezing rain fell across the area, causing more than 40 wrecks, according to troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. “Lincoln County was hit the hardest in Troop F,” Trooper K. Adkins…

Perfect weather for a plunge

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Learning the secrets of beekeepers’ lives

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  LTN Staff Reports   Local residents looking to learn all the basics of honeybees and beekeeping will have the opportunity to do so by attending “Bee School,” set to kick off this Wednesday. Offered annually by the Lincoln County Beekeepers Association, the classes will be held 7 p.m. to…