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County takes cautious steps on Thread Trail

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer After much heated discussion, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to accept a $46,000 grant from the Carolina Thread Trail for the purchase of easements for a local segment of the trail. The discussion centered on the issue of maintenance of the segment…

Up to 30 yrs. in prison for sexual assault on toddler

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A man who sexually assaulted a young girl in Lincoln County two years ago was sentenced late last week to a maximum of three decades behind bars. Frank Gene Seagle, 48, of 282 Victory Grove Church Road in Lincolnton, was found guilty Thursday in…

Jolley sees pageant wins as opportunity for her to help others

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One local Mayor’s four simple words inspired former Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen and North Lincoln graduate Sara Jolley to establish a pageant platform that crowned her Miss Gardner-Webb 2012 at the end of January. While Jolley, a senior Public Relations major…

Sen. Burr critical of president

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Lincoln Co. Republicans back Santorum in straw vote   SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., was the keynote speaker at the Lincoln County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner Saturday night. He spoke to a large crowd of local GOP supporters, including many elected officials and…

Scout honors local history with project

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  Kayak launch will offer access to battle site   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer One Lincoln County high school senior’s Eagle Scout project promises to benefit both outdoor adventurists and local history lovers. North Lincoln senior Marvin Robbins, 17, has been building a kayak access at Clark’s Creek in Lincolnton…

Mild winter storm hits Southeast

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  Staff and wire reports   A winter storm that dumped several inches of snow across parts of the South, causing power outages, slippery roads and numerous accidents during the Presidents Day holiday weekend, moved out to sea Monday. Crews were working to restore power to tens of thousands of…

Red Cross encourages minorities to give blood

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   As Black History Month draws to a close, one local American Red Cross employee notes the significant role that the African-American population has played throughout the non-profit organization’s national establishment as well as the vital part volunteers play for the Lincoln County chapter. Although…

RATO could hire more than 600

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China-based engine maker unveils big plans for Denver SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer China-based RATO Power Company  plans to open its North American headquarters in Lincoln County, the company announced Thursday, also revealing plans for a manufacturing facility that could create up to 600 jobs locally. Executives from RATO and Denver…

Fire leaves family without a home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County family of five is without a home after a fire destroyed their residence Tuesday night in the northwestern part of the county. Authorities said the incident occurred just before 10 p.m. at 2164 Overhill Lane in the Howards Creek area. Fire sparked from…

Public hearing planned on incentives

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing regarding an incentive grant for the expansion of an existing local industry during Monday night’s meeting. If approved, the grant agreement would result in an investment of $3.5 million by the currently undisclosed company and…