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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…

Walk with a Doc

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Area artists part of Mooresville exhibit

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   A Lincolnton wood turner and a Sherrill’s Ford photographer are getting in the summer spirit with the showcase of their work at the Andre Christine Gallery in Mooresville’s “Summer” exhibit this month. Those walking into the studio are met with paintings, sculptures, photography and…

Donating through Lions

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Rev. Tommy Conder is new pastor at McKendree UMC

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Rev. Tommy Conder, who moved to Lincoln County earlier this month to serve as the newest head pastor at McKendree United Methodist Church in Lincolnton, said he was just a young child when God called him to the ministry. “I heard it (God’s call)…

County could sweeten pot to lure new jobs

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is set to take a look at a resolution that would amend the industrial incentives grant policy for the county, in hopes of improving its ability to recruit larger companies. Commissioners will consider the proposal, which calls for adding a…

Board OKs putting funds toward teaching jobs

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Lincoln County received the green light for 24 teaching positions for the upcoming and 2013-2014 school year, as the Board of Education unanimously voted to use the Local Education Agency (LEA) Adjustment Reduction to save the jobs Wednesday night. Twenty-one of the openings are vacant due…