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Ranch hosts public on shearing day for alpacas

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Good Karma Ranch is hosting an open house Saturday designed to offer the public an inside look at the shearing process for alpacas. This is the second time owners Mike and Shelly Walsh have hosted the free, family-friendly event to correspond with shearing day…

Deputies target drug suspects

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office unveiled another major drug operation Wednesday morning in an effort to roundup more than 50 alleged dealers, a majority of whom are first-time offenders, narcotics investigators said. Operation “52 Pick Up” comes nearly three weeks after Lincolnton Police carried…

County Manager Wood announces plans to retire

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County Manager George Wood has announced his impending retirement, with plans to remain at his post through the end of June. The announcement came during Monday’s Board of Commission meeting, during which Wood addressed the board with the news. “After careful consideration and…

Father of dirt collapse victim faces charges

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    LTN Staff Reports     A Stanley man, who witnessed the death of his daughter and nephew earlier this month after the children became trapped beneath a wall of dirt on his property, appeared in a Lincoln County courtroom Tuesday. Jordan Keely Arwood, 31, of Cedarbrook Court, was…

Boys and Girls Club signs charter

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No-swim advisory for Lake Norman lifted

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A no-swim advisory issued following a sewer spill in eastern Lincoln County last week has been canceled. The county’s Health Department approved the cancellation of the notice early Monday morning for the affected area, which bordered a Lake Norman cove near the 8300 block…

Planning Board approves permit for downtown bar

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton Planning Board backed a request Tuesday afternoon for a conditional-use permit to operate a nightclub in downtown Lincolnton, with a public hearing and vote on the matter now scheduled for the City Council’s May 2 meeting. Applicant Bryan McClure plans to operate…

Turner at home after witnessing bombing

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Morgan Turner, a local teacher and runner in Monday’s deadly marathon race in Boston, was less than a mile from the finish line when she heard the blasts, she said. While Turner was back safely inside her classroom Tuesday at S. Ray Lowder Elementary…

Lincoln Rotary 20th anniversary gala a success

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County considers changes to benefits

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Changes to some of the county’s personnel policies will be weighed by the Board of Commissioners during tonight’s regular meeting. The board had requested a review of several of the county’s standing policies during its planning workshop in December, appointing a committee to head…