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Indiana fugitive captured in Lincoln Co.

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County deputies apprehended a wanted man Friday following a traffic stop on N.C. 27, later learning the man was wanted on charges in Gaston County and Indiana. Authorities said they stopped the vehicle carrying Willie Cox Jr., 42, of 310 West Park Dr., after…

Recent closure may conclude a chapter in local history

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Though recently closed by tax officials, It’s Drive-In Grill has been a landmark on East Main Street in Lincolnton since the 1950s. SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The fate of It’s Drive-In Grill may be uncertain, but original owner Earl Elmore, 90, remembers its past quite clearly. Following the shutdown…

Hesed House prepares for colder season

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Officials at Lincolnton’s Hesed House of Hope recently finished paying off outstanding funds on the new facility but due to a warmer winter and early opening, have seen a decrease in the number of individuals utilizing the shelter this season. Hesed House Board Chairman Kenny…

Tractor shop to close as owner retires

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer For the first time in almost 70 years, the Lincolnton area will soon be without a John Deere dealer. After Friday, Greenline Turf & Tractor in Iron Station will no longer be open for business. Owner Milton Sigmon is set to retire after opening the store,…

Cody, Reid honored by Sheriff’s Office

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Criminal mischief in Lowesville getting deputies’ attention

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate multiple instances of vandalism that have occurred this month in the county’s southeast corner, where several homes and vehicles have been egged. Deputies said the most recent incidents occurred sometime between 1 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday on…

Cody, Reid honored by Sheriff’s Office

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has announced the names of two individuals who are recipients of this year’s Officer of the Year awards.  Plaques with each officer’s name will be on display in the Sheriff’s Office. A press release noted that both awards represent “outstanding…

Suspect charged for indecent liberties with 14-year-old girl

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Catawba County man with a criminal record in at least two other North Carolina counties has been charged with inappropriately touching a teen girl in Lincoln County while the two rode together in a vehicle earlier this month. According to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office authorities,…

Footage shows copper thief in county building

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff writer Several hundred pounds of copper were stolen from the Lincoln County Public Works building early Wednesday morning. A police report said the government building was last secured the previous evening around 5 p.m. Cameras at the site recorded an intruder entering through one of the facility’s…

Wanted in Denver: Skilled workers

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer It’s a problem that’s becoming more and more common: As the manufacturing industry looks to make a comeback of sorts, qualified workers are hard to find. Jeff Frushtick, president and CEO of Leonard Automatics in Denver, is experiencing just this. After an article appeared in The…