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Sheriff: Sign thieves may be selling metal

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of thefts across the county since the end of last year in which more than 100 street signs have been stolen. Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News Friday that since December, at least 150 county signs have been stolen…

Mother-daughter tea party

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Criminal probe of city leaders ongoing

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor The spotlight on alleged illegal gifts to city officials doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon and could result in criminal charges, a law enforcement source told the Times-News on Thursday. Even though Lincolnton City Council members voted 3-1 last week to halt an…

Cocaine trafficking charges for ex-convict

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies and city police joined with North Carolina Probation and Parole officers this week to execute search warrants at three area residences, resulting in the arrest of an alleged cocaine dealer and two-time convicted felon. Following an undercover investigation that commenced in February, authorities probed homes…

Out for blood at West Lincoln High

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Curtis upbeat about runoff

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Dr. David Curtis of Denver isn’t halting his campaign for a state Senate seat after narrowly finishing second in a three-way Republican primary on Tuesday. “Yes, I plan to seek a run off,” he told the Times-News in an email on Thursday. Curtis finished with about…

Legislators play victims in water rescue exercise

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, and N.C. Sen. Chris Carney, R-Iredell, may have been at their party headquarters on Tuesday, but by Wednesday, they found themselves tied to the end of a rope dangling from a helicopter over the waters of Lake Norman. The politicians served…

Rock goes through windshield on U.S. 321

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Brunswick County man was transported to a Lincoln County hospital Wednesday evening after deputies said someone threw a large rock through a car window and injured him while he was traveling down U.S. 321. A department press release stated that the victim, Pearlie Nailer, 56,…

Kids get close-up look at law enforcement work

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “It gives kids the opportunity to see what kind of community work is out there and to stay on the right track,” S. Ray Lowder Elementary School teacher Jennifer Sain said about Tuesday’s annual Adopt-A-Cop picnic at Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton. Sain’s second-graders were…

Mitchem, Martin, Patton take county seats

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Mitchem, Martin, Patton take county seats FRANK TAYLOR and SARAH LOWERY Lincoln Times-News staff Carrol Mitchem emerged as the overwhelming favorite in a six-way Republican primary for three county commissioner seats Tuesday, winning the most votes overall and placing well in nearly every portion of the county. Claiming his third…