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Walk like a leprechaun

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Deputies: Tip leads to break-in arrests

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Authorities apprehended two Hickory men accused of stealing a television from a Crouse residence Wednesday morning after a neighbor witnessed the incident and alerted 911, deputies said. The break-in occurred around 11:15 a.m. at a home located on the 1900 block of Pleasant Grove…

Vocalists from across N.C. set to compete

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Area residents have the opportunity to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day weekend with sounds from some of North Carolina’s most revered voices set to compete in the 10th annual Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition at the Lincoln Cultural Center. On Saturday, 19 semifinalists will take the…

Suspect tied to string of car break-ins

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Denver man was placed behind county bars earlier this month after deputies said that since late February, he broke into at least six vehicles located along a stretch of roadway east of N.C. 150. Eric Jones, 18, of 6610 Kidville Road in Denver,…

Schools OK tech plan

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Education unanimously approved a two-year technology plan for Lincoln County Schools during its meeting Wednesday night. As presented by Lee O’Neal, director of Instructional Technology and Media, the plan is a result of a state-mandated educational technology plan to…

Industries recognized for milestones

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      SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Local industry leaders gathered for the 2012 Milestone Achievement Awards Ceremony at the Lincoln Cultural Center on Thursday afternoon to honor businesses that have been in Lincoln County for significant periods of time. The event, which was sponsored by the Lincoln Economic…

Iron Station women accused of running insurance scam

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   State authorities recently arrested two Iron Station women for allegedly conspiring together in January to commit insurance fraud. According to a Department of Insurance press release, Jessica Shamere Key, 29, and Christona Shante Ross 29, both of 2571 Hudson Poultry Road, sought an Allstate…

County debates old hospital, old school

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   What do to with an old hospital and an old school in Lincolnton were at the center of attention Monday night as the Lincoln County Board of Commissions met for a special work session. Having previously delayed action on both, commissioners talked in more…

Church official charged with rape

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A local church official is accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl in the county nearly a decade ago. Brandon James Carter, 33, of 4294 Royal Oaks Drive in Lincolnton, is accused of raping a 13-year-old female at a Lincoln County residence in August…