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‘Footloose’ opens today

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Director Anna Lisa Johannessen couldn’t say “no” when it came to casting for this month’s Lincoln Theatre Guild performance of “Footloose.” She accepted all ages and performance skills of individuals interested in acting in the stage adaptation of the classic 1980s movie. The show proves timeless…

Storms nearly destroy local home

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Mark Landers was already on a fire call for the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department when he received another that hit a little too close to home. His wife and daughter were in their home on Business 321 when a rash of severe storms blew through…

Narcs round up drug suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies scoured the streets of Lincoln County this morning, looking for alleged drug offenders in the seventh round-up initiative the Sheriff’s Office has carried out since 2010. Narcotics investigators spent several months conducting surveillance and carrying out undercover drug buys on the 60 suspects targeted by…

Firm purchases Actavis plant, saves 300 jobs

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer G&W Laboratories, Inc. has taken over the former Actavis facility, located off of Highway 150, saving 300 jobs that were expected to be lost with the plant’s closure. After learning that Actavis planned to phase out production and ultimately close the Lincoln County plant, the New…

A taste of the Civil War

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Historical interpreter shows Boy Scouts items from state’s Civil War history JACLYN ANTHONY LTN Staff Members of Boy Scout Troop 74 got a glimpse of the everyday life of a Confederate soldier on Monday. Andy Reed, a historical interpreter for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, visited Rhyne Heights…

Boy stable after accidental hanging

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 10-year-old Lincolnton boy received critical injuries this week after accidentally hanging himself, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday at a home on the 2800 block of Long Shoals Road, according to an agency press release. The boy’s…

Investigators still looking for missing Vale woman

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies remain on the hunt for a missing Vale woman who was last seen leaving her residence in May, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Toasha Nicole Rice, 27, has been missing since May 26, when family told deputies they spotted her leaving her residence on…

Commissioners move ahead with next year’s budget

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After additional discussion at a meeting Monday night meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 County Budget, with commissioners Carroll Mitchem and James Klein in opposition. The final decision was made during an impromptu budget workshop held after…

Wolves walk across graduation stage

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Lincolnton High School held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2014 on Friday.…

Brothers killed in wreck

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Staff report
 The state highway patrol said two brothers were killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Reepsville Road on the county’s western end on Thursday. Joshua Gantt, 27, of Diamond Lane in Vale, and his brother Casey Gantt, 23, of Sam Houser Road in Vale, were both killed when their…