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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…

Snow, sleet, freezing rain expected across NC

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  Lincoln Co. Schools releasing students early Staff and wire reports RALEIGH — School systems in parts of North Carolina began altering Friday’s class schedule and work crews treated roads in advance of another winter storm expected to coat the state with some snow and ice. The National Weather Service…

Famed UFO researcher George Fawcett dies

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Internationally known UFO researcher, George D’Espard Fawcett III, of Lincolnton, passed away Sunday after nearly a decade of battling Alzheimer’s disease, but his unprecedented legacy and lifetime of accomplishments remain fresh in the minds of his friends, family and the international UFO community. “It’s a…

Deputies: Traffic stop nets tire thieves

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County deputies locked up a Burke County man and woman, accused of stealing tires from a Cleveland County residence, following a traffic stop Wednesday morning on N.C. 18, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Michael Allen Bumgarner, 27, of 5387 Old N.C. 18…

Savoring the taste of pie

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Group seeking to plan region’s growth hosts open house on Monday

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   An initiative to help plan the region’s future growth will be hosting an open house on Monday to seek the input of Lincoln County residents. The three-year “CONNECT Our Future” project is being driven by a group of more than 100 participating local governments,…