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Cliff avoided: Congress acts to stave off tax hikes

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Rep. McHenry among 167 dissenters in U.S. House   Staff and wire reports   WASHINGTON — Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination…

Shots fired in two incidents

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies have charged two people in the last week in unrelated instances of domestic dispute involving gunshots fired, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Officers responded around 9:30 p.m. Monday to home on Sawdust Trail in Denver and arrested Gary Wayne Erricson, 46, for…

Blaze remains under investigation

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a blaze that gutted an abandoned home Monday morning on the county’s eastern end, firefighters said. Crews from East Lincoln, Denver and Huntersville Fire Departments responded to the home just after 7 a.m. and said they spotted…

New Year shooters

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New law offers convicts a shot at clean record

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  Sheriff says he thinks N.C. law to expunge records is good idea   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Thousands of convicts across the state now have a chance to have their criminal records expunged under a law that went into effect December 1, 2012, but a few stipulations are…

Wolves take Holiday Clash

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Local course series seeks to help with going into business

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs in the area will have the opportunity to see what lies under the surface of starting a business, as the Small Business Center of Gaston College offers a series of courses at its Lincoln campus, for those looking to…

Scronce honored as county employee of year

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County recently handed out its 2012 “Employee of the Year” award, with this year’s honor going to Senior Grounds Technician Freddie Scronce with the Parks and Recreation Department. Scronce has been employed by the county since 2006. He told the Times-News on…

Animal Shelter changes hours

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   With the new year will come new hours of operation for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Lisa Douglas, adoption coordinator for the county’s Animal Services, told the Times-News on Wednesday that the shelter will no longer offer extended hours on Thursdays after the first…

Record year for drug money seizures

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   It’s been a whirlwind year for the aggressive Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division, which not only rounded up nearly 140 area drug dealers from three operations, but also seized an unprecedented amount of cash in the process, investigators told the Times-News earlier this month.…