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Utility rates climb as city passes budget

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Council OKs intersection project in split vote SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer City taxes won’t be going up or down this year, but utility rates will nudge higher this year. The Lincolnton City Council unanimously approved City Manager Jeff Emory’s proposed 2012-2013 budget during its meeting Thursday night. With the vote…

FBI on scene after powder mailed to church

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were on the scene at a Maiden church Thursday after church officials received a letter containing an unknown white powder. The church is home to Pastor Charles Worley, who has achieved national notoriety after proposing to “get rid of” gays and…

Deputies find body inside burned car

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Catawba County deputies located a body inside a burned car in a wooded area northwest of Sherrills Ford Thursday morning. Sheriff Coy Reid would not release details about the victim or vehicle but said deputies are currently treating the case as a “suspicious death.” If the…

Taking a tour of Lincoln Co. farms

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Annual tour takes look at conservation AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer “People don’t think about where the food they’re eating is coming from when taking a bite,” said Patty Dellinger, district program coordinator of the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation. “They should stop and think — if it wasn’t for agriculture,…

Thief cut hole in store floor

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man is accused of cutting a hole through the floor of a local convenience store where police said he stole coins and cigarettes Wednesday morning. Lincolnton Police Detective Mark Sain told the Times-News Thursday afternoon that officers responded around 2 a.m. Wednesday to the…

Missing biker found after fatal crash

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol have located the body of a man who apparently struck a tree with his motorcycle and died near the Lincoln/Catawba County line on Tuesday. Roy Sherman Gwyn, 39, had been traveling too fast for conditions when his motorcycle…

Deputy hospitalized after crash

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While on his way to a break-in call Wednesday morning on the county’s northwestern end, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy James Owens hydroplaned and struck a utility pole near the city water plant, totaling his patrol vehicle and sending him to the hospital. Shortly after midnight, Owens…

Graystone Eye set to open new office

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Graystone Eye of Lincolnton is expected to begin treating patients Monday at its new East Main Street facility, on which began construction last August. Relocating to the new 7,500-square-foot building from Graystone’s former Donita Drive office will take place over the weekend. The project had been…

Broome pleads guilty to murder

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Friends recall victim with ‘kind heart’ JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Nearly eight months after Lynsette Jo Latusek was found dead inside her Lincolnton home, Matthew Broome pleaded guilty to murdering the 34-year-old woman. Assistant District Attorney Mike Miller, who served as lead prosecutor in the case, told the Times-News Tuesday…

Deputies: Sting nets suspected heroin trafficker

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County deputies placed a Gaston County woman behind bars after narcotics investigators said they seized heroin from her during a weekend sting operation in Iron Station. A Sheriff’s Office press release said that for at least a week, deputies had been investigating Audree Henderson Gilbert,…