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Murder case to be tried in Lincoln

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Stepfather of victim found dead in cell Tuesday JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A mother charged in the death of her toddler son is set to go to trial in Lincoln County next month. On March 12, a Lincoln County jury will decide the fate of 23-year-old Kathy Lynn Swafford, of…

Mayor delivers ‘State of the City’ address

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Mayor John Gilleland presents his “State of the City” address to Lincolnton Rotary Club members on Monday. Gilleland: Development going well; lack of water customers a threat SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Mayor John Gilleland presented his “State of the City” address at the Rotary Club of Lincolnton’s meeting on Monday…

Hickory finance chief gets Lincoln position

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer County Manager George Wood announced the appointment of a new finance director at the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. Deanna Rios, currently the finance officer for the city of Hickory, has been selected to run the county’s Department of Finance, replacing Leon Harmon…

Roundup of drug suspects continues

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A dozen suspects remain at-large in Operation .38 Special, a Sheriff’s Office drug initiative that commenced late last month. A grand jury in mid-January indicted more than 30 suspects wanted on various drug charges including the use and sell of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills.…

Patton says he will seek 3rd term

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Alex Patton isn’t ready to stop being a county commissioner yet. The two-term Lincolnton Republican and chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners issued a statement Tuesday announcing that he expects to file for re-election later this month. The move comes despite frequent public statements…

Matherly leaving LEDA for Va. job

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor A little too much success in bringing industrial development to Lincoln County may be costing the community its top economic development official. Barry Matherly, executive director of the Lincoln Economic Development Agency, has accepted a position as senior vice president of business development for the Greater…

Shots into Iron Station home being investigated

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies are unclear as to why two shots were fired into an Iron Station home Saturday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s Office report, one of the residents was sitting at a computer desk inside her home in the 800 block of Monterey Drive when she heard…

Lunch at the old school

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Members of the Lincolnton High School Class of 1965 gathered Tuesday, as they have for some time, for a monthly luncheon. But this week they returned for the first time to their old cafeteria, which is located in the Lincoln County Senior Center, housed at Gaston College’s Lincoln campus, housed…

Filing for elections just a week away

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Candidate filing for the statewide May 8 primary officially opens at noon on Feb. 13, with several local, state and federal offices up for election this year. On both the national and state levels, 2012 has long been expected to be quite a contentious year in…

‘Y’all’ serves up humorous culture clash

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Theatre Guild set to perform comedy JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Southern women are the stars of the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s performance this month of Ya’ll, a one-act comedy dinner theater that encourages audience members to hold tight to their heritage. “This day and age, people are trying to re-write Southern…