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On the way to the Cat Square parade

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A holiday parade that once started as a youth event for a local church more than three decades ago now attracts more than 8,000 people from various counties. The one-of-a-kind 38th annual Cat Square Parade, set for Dec. 8 this year in Vale, started in 1973…

Police target suspected drug dealers as roundup continues

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Since Wednesday morning, police have apprehended more than 30 people accused of drug-related charges in connection with roundup “Operation Early Christmas,” the first initiative of its kind in 2012 and the department’s fifth one since December 2009, when they carried out “Operation Blue Christmas.” Lt. Brian…

Cause of blaze at unoccupied home remains uncertain

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A large-scale blaze incinerated portions of a brick home Thursday morning in Lincolnton, fire officials said. Firefighters and police were still on scene at noon, hours after the fire broke out. Yellow police tape surrounded the property, and pieces of the scorched residence were still smoldering.…

County set to swear in election winners

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Monday night’s Lincoln County Board of Commission meeting will begin in a more ceremonious manner than usual, as newly elected and re-elected members are inducted. The 6:30 p.m. meeting will commence with Clerk of Superior Court Fred Hatley formally swearing in re-elected Commissioners Alex Patton and…

Students serve up murder mystery drama, plus dessert

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer While other area groups rehearse for holiday-themed shows to end the year, the Lincolnton High drama club has a different type of production in mind for this weekend ­— a murder mystery with a touch of comedy. “An Inconvenient Corpse,” by Pat Cook, centers around a…

Police round up drug suspects

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Christmas came early for some area residents this morning, but instead of colored lights and holiday cheer, they were greeted with search warrants and handcuffs as city police executed its first drug round-up of 2012. A month after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office swept…

Production stirs up some holiday spirits

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  Theatre Guild serves up ‘Mr. Scrooge’ AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer The Lincoln Theatre Guild will present a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Friday, bringing to life the story of grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey with the ghosts that accompany him through his past, present…

Missing teen believed to be runaway

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies are on the hunt for a missing Denver teen who was last seen Sunday evening at her residence. Family of Amanda Marie Atkins, 16, of Lake Shore Road South, told the Sheriff’s Office she was at home around 5:30 p.m. but was…

Sheriff credits tips with leading to arrest in break-ins

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton man is facing 35 criminal charges after Sheriff’s deputies said he broke into numerous vehicles earlier this fall in subdivisions east of N.C. 150. Detectives arrested Allen Scott Waters, II, 23, of 1046 Mansion Drive, on Monday and charged him with multiple…

Hospital building expansion

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln recently broke ground on a new medical office designed to expand the range of services the hospital currently offers. The expansion will provide space for 35 physicians in 13 specialties to meet growing community needs on the CMC-Lincoln campus, according to…