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Suspect charged in bomb hoax at Bosch

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A tool manufacturing warehouse in Lincolnton was evacuated Monday night after deputies said a man called in and claimed he had loaded the building with explosives and was going to blow it up. Deputies arrested Chris Carl Lee, 29, of 1042 Mountain Crest Drive…

Deputies say Denver man growing drugs

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Narcotics investigators arrested a Denver man last week after they said he was growing marijuana inside his residence. Deputies searched Bryan Edward Lanning’s home on Hagers Ferry Road after someone contacted the county’s Drug Tip Line about the suspect, an agency press release…

Lincoln woman arrested for shooting at Gaston cars

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln County woman with a Stanley address is accused of firing a gun at two passing vehicles last week along a Gaston County roadway. Mt. Holly police arrested Ashley Nicole Hunsucker, 26, of 5719 Country Lane Road, on Wednesday and placed her under…

Middle school tournament

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Suspect, 57, charged with sex assault on girl, 14

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A 57-year-old eastern Lincoln County man is accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl last month, the Sheriff’s Office said. The Department of Social Services reported the alleged incident to deputies, who in turn, charged Glenn Andrew Morgan, of 1865 N. Highway 16 in…

Cooperative Extension plant sale under way

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  LTN Staff Reports   The Lincoln County Cooperative Extension’s annual plant sale is under way, offering a variety of muscadine and blueberry plants for the picking. “Muscadines are the best type of grape for our area,” said County Extension Director Kevin Starr. “The vines will be 2 years old…

Sheriff’s Office selects Officers of Year

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were chosen by their peers and supervisors to receive the agency’s second annual Officers of the Year awards last month. Each man displayed “over-the-top” performances throughout his daily duties in 2012, the Sheriff’s Office said. “It’s a…

No rush to build more schools

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  Commissioners, School Board talk jointly about facilities, savings, security FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Even if residential development picks up after several years of stagnation, there shouldn’t be any need to build additional schools for some time, county officials advised school officials during a joint meeting Thursday night between the…

Hospital imposes restrictions as flu outbreak spreads

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Carolinas HealthCare System announced a tighter visitation policy this week in light of an increased number of flu cases in the region. All of its Greater Charlotte area in-patient hospitals, including CMC-Lincoln, are affected. As of yesterday, the hospital system is restricting visitors under…

City to do own recycling

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  Council splits on contract extension for city manager SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Beginning next month, Lincolnton solid-waste personnel will assume responsibility for picking up the city’s recyclables, a service previously contracted out to GDS for $150,000 annually. The Lincolnton City Council, which first discussed the change last spring, was…