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Spec building hearing draws strong opinions

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Former county commissioners speak out both for and against building structure to lure industries SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Three former commissioners were among those to speak up about the county’s proposal to build a $1.8 million speculative building during a public hearing Monday night, with the current Board of Commissioners ultimately…

Doing something about crime in Crouse

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Neighbors unite to battle petty theft JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Since 2009, Ted and Crystal Huss have had more than $12,000 in lawn and tool equipment stolen from one of their western Lincoln County residences and have heard about other similar incidents occurring at their neighbors’ homes in recent years.…

Hospital lifts flu measures

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Carolinas HealthCare System announced Tuesday that previously imposed restrictions on the visitation policy for all of its Charlotte-area hospitals, including CMC-Lincoln, are lifted beginning today. The hospital system began restricting visitors under the age of 12 at more than 10 of its locations on Jan. 10,…

Bystanders, stun gun help apprehend fraud suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Local citizens assisted deputies Saturday in apprehending a New York man along with two Charlotte individuals accused of fraud at an eastern Lincoln County convenience store after two of the three suspects tried to flee the scene, prompting officers to use a stun gun on one…

City Council set to meet on Thursday

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will conduct its regular monthly meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. On the agenda for the meeting are: A public hearing on a proposed amendment to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance that would allow motorcycle sales as a permitted use in…

County’s jobless rate back above 10 percent

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County saw its unemployment rate rise to 10.1 percent in the month of December, up from 9.5 a month earlier, but down more than a percentage point from the previous December’s rate. It was one of 97 out of 100 North Carolina counties…

Cool John Ferguson brings the blues

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Restaurant owner receives state recognition for downtown efforts

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Osama Yousef, owner of Court Street Grille and previous chair of Lincolnton’s Downtown Development Association, was among those recognized by the North Carolina Department of Commerce for their efforts last year with the N.C. Main Street and Small Town Main Street programs. The awards were handed…

Veteran Lutheran minister Keck takes pulpit at Salem

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Salem Lutheran and United Church of Christ in Lincolnton recently welcomed interim pastor Rev. Dr. David R. Keck Sr., a nearly five-decade veteran of the field and former paper boy for the Lincoln Times-News, after being without a pastor for more than a year. The…

County weighs spending $1.8M to lure more jobs

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  Commissioners to consider spec building proposal Mon. SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Whether to move forward with a proposal to build a $1.8 million, publicly funded speculative building in one of the county’s industrial parks will be a matter of discussion by the Board of Commissioners during its meeting Monday…