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Mild winter storm hits Southeast

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  Staff and wire reports   A winter storm that dumped several inches of snow across parts of the South, causing power outages, slippery roads and numerous accidents during the Presidents Day holiday weekend, moved out to sea Monday. Crews were working to restore power to tens of thousands of…

Red Cross encourages minorities to give blood

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   As Black History Month draws to a close, one local American Red Cross employee notes the significant role that the African-American population has played throughout the non-profit organization’s national establishment as well as the vital part volunteers play for the Lincoln County chapter. Although…

RATO could hire more than 600

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China-based engine maker unveils big plans for Denver SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer China-based RATO Power Company  plans to open its North American headquarters in Lincoln County, the company announced Thursday, also revealing plans for a manufacturing facility that could create up to 600 jobs locally. Executives from RATO and Denver…

Fire leaves family without a home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County family of five is without a home after a fire destroyed their residence Tuesday night in the northwestern part of the county. Authorities said the incident occurred just before 10 p.m. at 2164 Overhill Lane in the Howards Creek area. Fire sparked from…

Public hearing planned on incentives

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing regarding an incentive grant for the expansion of an existing local industry during Monday night’s meeting. If approved, the grant agreement would result in an investment of $3.5 million by the currently undisclosed company and…

Woman walking in road at night struck, killed

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A vehicle struck and killed a Denver woman who was walking down an eastern Lincoln County roadway Wednesday night. Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the incident happened on Forney Hill Road in Denver. Trooper C.M. Casey identified the woman as Nellie Presly,…

House guest charged with massive identity theft

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A woman was charged with more than 50 felony counts after allegedly racking up thousands of dollars in credit-card debt by stealing personal information from a couple she was living with for nearly a year. The Sheriff’s Office said Judith Ann Hamm Rishel, 57, of 1966…

3 of 38 still at large in drug roundup

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LTN Staff Reports Three alleged drug dealers continue to elude law enforcement officials following last month’s countywide round up entitled Operation .38 Special. Timothy Shontay Baxter Jr., 32, of 133 Laura Jeanne Ln. in Statesville, was the most recent arrest made in the effort, authorities said. According to deputies, Baxter…

More candidates file for state, local offices

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor With filing for public offices getting under way Monday and continuing through the end of the month, office-seekers have continued to make their intentions clear this week. Former Buncombe County Commissioner and current N.C. Rep. Patsy Keever, D-Asheville, has filed for U.S. House District 10. Already…

Subway planning move as gas station expands

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Subway currently located in the Times Food Store and gas station on East Main Street in Lincolnton will soon be relocating to the old Generation Bean facility in the Carolina Shopping Center. Construction on the facility has been under way for a few weeks. Willie…