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Time for Pie Day

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Annual observance set for Tues. locally SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer While National Pie Day is being celebrated across the country today, Lincoln County will observe the holiday Tuesday, marking its 14th year of doing so. Members of the Extension and Community Association (ECA), a group of volunteers for the N.C.…

Waterfall photo claims top prize in contest

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Western Lincoln County native Mark Houser was just a teen when his parents bought him his first camera. Now, at 40 years of age, Houser is pursing the art form as a serious hobby, winning this year’s Best of Show award at the Arts Council’s Amateur…

Gun scare at nearby college

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With Catawba Valley Community College on lockdown during the search for a gunman Wednesday morning, Hickory police set up a special operations post on campus. Lincoln students among 5,000 evacuated after armed man sighted on Hickory campus; search comes up empty JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Classes were back on schedule…

Survey: Lack of right skills keeps factory jobs unfilled

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Employers across the state, including Lincoln County, are continuing to struggle with filling skilled positions despite the current unemployment rate, according to a new survey conducted by the North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards. The Competitive Workforce Alliance, a collaboration of the seven work force…

Robbery suspect captured after police converge on home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer SWAT team units captured a robbery suspect at his home early Tuesday morning, with support from several emergency response and law enforcement agencies in the area. Justin Andrew Osczepeinski, 22, of 1100 Requa Road in Cherryville, was apprehended at his residence just before 4 a.m. Tuesday…

Police release surveillance footage of masked men

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer One week after two men with ski masks attempted to rob the Goodwill store in Lincolnton, city police are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspects. Police have released still shots taken from the store’s video surveillance during the incident, which occurred just before…

Poet, musician set for Lincolnton performance

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Internationally known musician’s poet Keith Flynn, popular for establishing and managing Asheville Poetry Review and serving as lead singer of the band The Crystal Zoo, is set to perform Friday at the Lincoln Cultural Center as part of Poetry Lincolnton’s first show of the new year.…

Refinancing county debt should save big

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Favorable interest rates expected to save taxpayers more than million over next decade   SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The office of County Manager George Wood announced on Tuesday that recent refinancing efforts will save the county more than $1 million over the course of 11 years. According to the…

4 Lincoln suspects in Newton car theft

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Four Lincoln County men have been accused of stealing a vehicle from a used car lot last month in Catawba County. The vehicle was stolen sometime in December from Danner Auto Sales in Newton, according to Newton Police Detective Brian Cloninger. Authorities said the vehicle showed…

The dream that overcomes

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