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Company announces $18 million investment, 100 jobs for county

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The largest privately held manufacturer and distributer of healthcare supplies in the United States has announced plans to open a new, state-of-the art medical supply distribution center in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. Medline Industries, Inc. announced its decision to expand to North Carolina…

Shea development scores victory with commissioners

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    Eastern Lincoln County housing development clears zoning hurdle, Rescue Squad Park tabled due to budget ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners rendered their final verdict on the contentious Shea Homes development at its meeting Monday night. The board voted unanimously to approve the rezoning…

City cops targeting suspected dealers

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police targeted at least 30 area suspects Wednesday morning accused of selling and buying drugs within the City of Lincolnton. The operation, dubbed “March Madness,” is the first drug roundup for the Lincolnton Police Department this year. Agency officials said the effort is part…

City Council to decide on rezoning requests

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincolnton City Council members will discuss several applications for conditional use permits at their meeting on Thursday. BTR Communities Group, LLC is requesting the conditional use rezoning of 9.77 acres of land from Planned Business to Conditional Use Residential Multi-Family. The applicant wishes to…

Chase leads to crash and arrest

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  Loftis   JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer   A Dallas man led local deputies on a nearly 20-mile vehicle chase before crashing into a ditch Saturday morning, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour in an attempt to stop the man’s…

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ coming to North Lin

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The quirky sci-fi comedy Little Shop of Horrors will be performed by North Lincoln High School students starting Thursday. The play, by Ken Hill, tells the story of a floral shop owner who gives up on his failing business in the impoverished town…

East Lincoln park, SHEA Homes up for discussion at county meeting

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County commissioners and the Planning Board will meet tonight to discuss the fate of an active adult residential development in Denver. According to previous reports from the Times-News, SHEA Homes has spent the past few months working toward obtaining and rezoning 600 acres…

Agents nab heroin suspects at traffic stop

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  Kapusta and Czolba   JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer   County narcotics investigators arrested a Lincolnton man accused of trafficking heroin from Mecklenburg County to Lincoln and Catawba Counties over at least the last three months, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Drug officers apprehended the man during a traffic…

Job fair shows local students possibilities for the future

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Democrat files to run for Clerk of Court

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County Democrat Elaine N. Harmon announced her candidacy Friday for the position of Clerk of Superior Court for Lincoln County. After graduating from Lincolnton High School in 1965, she attended Gaston College and UNC-Charlotte.  Throughout her career, Harmon has had several opportunities to…