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Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Reporter   Officials from local law enforcement agencies, schools and fire departments are set to take a frigid plunge, some in costume, Saturday at Sally’s YMCA in Denver. The Polar Plunge event, sponsored this year by the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run, benefits North Carolina Special…

Local Ryan’s spared as many forced to close

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Gastonia restaurant not so lucky SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Despite immediate closings in other parts of the state, including Gastonia, the Ryan’s on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton is remaining open. Buffets, Inc., the nation’s largest steak-buffet restaurant company and owner of Ryan’s, announced last week that it will be…

Police: 3 caught in theft of copper

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two Maiden residents are among three men accused of stealing more than $6,000 in scrap metal from a Gaston County construction company. Cherryville Police officers spotted the three individuals putting scrap metal into a trailer Thursday at Czerr Construction on Wert Street in Cherryville, according to…

New email account prompts arrest of sex offender

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County sex offender was placed behind bars last week after failing to tell authorities that he had an email account. William Travis Evans, 37, of 3536 East Highway 27, located in the eastern part of the county in the Ironton township, was allegedly using…

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…