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Break-in nets TV, trip to jail for teens

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies were quick to apprehend five suspects, including four teens, within minutes after the group allegedly broke into a Lincolnton home to steal a television. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the following individuals were taken into custody Saturday evening: Brittany Nicole Cornwell,…

Library to roll out new checkout system

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer     The Lincoln County Public Library will host an open house Thursday to mark the implementation of a new self-service checkout technology at all of its branches countywide. The radio-frequency-identification (RFID) system is just the latest of many recent improvements made at local…

Theatre Guild to present ‘Little Women’

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer For the next two weekends, the Lincoln Cultural Center’s Timken Performance Hall will come to life as 11 actors take the stage to recreate the classic story of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. “It’s a way to understand people back then,” actor Bethany Hilmu,…

Lincolnton Furniture equipment goes on the block

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          Staff report   The machines once used at the Lincolnton Furniture Company, which closed earlier this year after a year of operation, will soon have new homes. The equipment, from power tools and forklifts to $250,000 woodworking machines, is being sold off through an internet…

Anderson wins tight race for N. Lincoln valedictorian

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The last four years have been quite the academic competition for three students from North Lincoln High School’s recent graduating class, but it was 18-year-old Brooke Anderson who rose to the top and received the honor of valedictorian. “It’s always something I wanted,”…

Gas leak at local plant sends 14 to hospital

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          JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Inspectors said a mechanical failure led to a natural gas leak at a Lincoln County manufacturing plant Monday afternoon, affecting more than 30 employees. Lincoln County Fire Marshal Mike Futrell said R.W. Garcia is set to reopen for production today after…

Lincoln County seniors graduate

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Graduation ceremonies were held for East Lincoln, Lincolnton, North Lincoln and West Lincoln on Saturday.    …

Public to meet for discussion on new indoor shooting range

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Those interested in learning more about a proposed indoor shooting range in eastern Lincoln County will have the opportunity to do so Tuesday evening. A community-involvement meeting will be held to provide information about Robert Watson’s request to rezone 4.5 acres on the west side of…

Library summer reading program kicks off soon

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Public Library will kick off its 2013 summer-reading program Tuesday night. The event, to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton, will allow participants to sign up for the program while also featuring free food, music, games and…

Locals and visitors enjoy Hog Happenin’

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Head Q-Master Bobby Gwiazdzinski of Mount Holly’s Flame Master G’s Competition BBQ prepares his ribs on Saturday during the 2013 Hog Happenin’ in downtown Lincolnton.…