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Good news: 26 new jobs; Bad news: 50 jobs lost

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Tenowa announces expansion; Reports: Furniture maker closes SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Thursday brought both good and bad news for Lincoln County’s economy, with one local company announcing plans to create 26 new jobs and another reportedly halting operations and laying off 50 workers. According to multiple reports from area news…

Getting schools back on track

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Repairs under way at LHS, WLHS AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Runners at Lincolnton and West Lincoln high schools will have completely revamped tracks to use when spring track season gets under way. Both schools’ track facilities are in the process of major improvement projects. The schools shared similar issues with…

4 plead guilty in Cherryville police corruption case

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer After pleading guilty Thursday in federal court to safeguarding stolen property and proceeds from their sale in 2011, three local cops and one Cherryville resident face the prospect of serving federal sentences for their crimes. According to media reports Mark Ray Hoyle, Casey Justin Crawford, Wesley…

McCrory: Alexander to take charge of Personnel

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A Lincoln County resident was among those named Thursday to Gov.-elect Pat McCrory’s administration. Neal Alexander of Denver will serve as the director of the State Office of Personnel. The announcement came at a press conference in Raleigh, during which the former Charlotte mayor filled out…

Luck runs out for Lincoln County sweepstakes centers

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Local law enforcement agencies said they cracked down this week on Internet video sweepstakes centers across the city and county following a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling last month that upheld the state’s ban on such businesses. The decision, which reversed an earlier appellate court’s ruling…

First baby of 2013

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Counting down the top stories of 2012

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  Each year at this time we look back on the top local stories of the previous 12 months and rank the top news-making items in Lincoln County over that period. We aren’t necessarily looking at the top single-day headlines, but at the news issues that repeatedly mattered throughout the…

Cliff avoided: Congress acts to stave off tax hikes

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Rep. McHenry among 167 dissenters in U.S. House   Staff and wire reports   WASHINGTON — Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination…

Shots fired in two incidents

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies have charged two people in the last week in unrelated instances of domestic dispute involving gunshots fired, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Officers responded around 9:30 p.m. Monday to home on Sawdust Trail in Denver and arrested Gary Wayne Erricson, 46, for…

Blaze remains under investigation

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a blaze that gutted an abandoned home Monday morning on the county’s eastern end, firefighters said. Crews from East Lincoln, Denver and Huntersville Fire Departments responded to the home just after 7 a.m. and said they spotted…