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Deputies: Suspects sold marijuana to undercover officers

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators rooted out at least two more alleged drug offenders this week in two separate busts and plan to execute more arrests in the near future. On Wednesday, officers apprehended James William Edwards Jr., 26, of 340 John Logan…

Local pastor discusses denomination’s new same-sex blessing rite

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Gay marriage has been a hot topic the last few years in various political and social circles across the country including the Christian church. One local pastor, the Rev. Miles Smith of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lincolnton, spoke with the Times-News earlier this…

Curtis wins second primary

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  SARAH LOWERY and FRANK TAYLOR Lincoln Times-News staff   Denver eye doctor Dr. David Curtis rode a swell of Lincoln County support in Tuesday’s second primary to an easy victory in his bid for the N.C. Senate District 44 Republican nomination over Sen. Chris Carney of Mooresville. The newly…

LHS slated for major repairs to track facility

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Lincolnton High School appears likely to get extensive repairs to its track that could bring an end to busing athletes to other schools. Lincoln County Board of Education members took action to approve a bid on track repairs during a committee meeting on Monday.…

Disabled teen a watersports competitor

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Spectators watching Eli Hager spin, flip and jump around Lake Norman on his wakeboard or water skis are only seeing half the picture. His story isn’t one many 13 year olds have to tell. The boy, who can be found at the Lake Norman YMCA…

High-speed chase leads to crash

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy crashed into a Forsythe County man’s motorcycle following a vehicular chase down N.C. 16 Sunday night on the county’s eastern end, deputies reported. Around 8 p.m., Sgt. J. Frye spotted 22-year-old Sterling Henry Fiske traveling north down the county…

Lincoln County crime rate low, getting lower

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   With North Carolina crime rates falling to their lowest level in more than three decades last year, Lincoln County posted a dramatic reduction in crime, ahead of several neighboring counties. The North Carolina Department of Justice recently released the 2011 crime rates for each of…

Snack food maker to expand, add 15 jobs

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  SARAH LOWERY   Staff Writer   RW Garcia, a producer of tortilla chips and corn-based snack items, will soon begin work to expand its facility in the Lincoln County Industrial Park, resulting in the creation of at least 15 new jobs. An incentive grant agreement detailing the expansion received…

2nd primary election set for Tuesday

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The race to be the Republican nominee for the N.C. Senate District 44 seat, encompassing Lincoln and parts of Gaston and Iredell counties, will be decided during Tuesday’s second primary election. The runoff is necessary as no candidate received 40 percent of the vote…

Police: Family members intimidated a witness

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton woman accused of breaking into a city home early last week with her brother and another suspect again found herself behind bars on Thursday — this time with a different family member — after police said the two intimidated a witness in…