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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,…

County OKs restored mill for events

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Historic site was home to Confederate laboratory SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Laboratory Mill on Southfork Road in Lincolnton could soon be host to weddings, reunions and other social events, in addition to film crews. During Monday night’s meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, a public hearing was…

City nears decision on ‘tough’ budget

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Morning, evening meetings Thursday SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer After receiving public comment on the proposed 2012-2013 budget during its meeting Thursday evening, the Lincolnton City Council is expected to take a vote on the city’s financing for next year. Earlier in the day, council members will meet to discuss last-minute…

Thieves take electronics in Denver biz break-in

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies are investigating a break-in at a Denver business over the weekend, which resulted in stolen electronics and other items. The incident took place Sunday at Red Rooster Consignment, located at 7912 Unity Church Road in Denver. Deputies responded to the site in reference to an…

Distance-learning proposal wins grant for Rock Springs

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer A unique proposal of technology use in classrooms and a highly effective staff put a local elementary school on the map to becoming a partner with a national organization, said Drew Polly, co-director of the UNC-Charlotte Professional Development Schools (PDS) network. Chosen as one of 15…

Little black spot on the sun

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The clouds parted and the sun shone so participants could watch the “transit of Venus” with special viewers handed out at the office of Lincolnton dentist Robert T. Cloninger on Tuesday. During the rare event, the planet Venus crossed directly between the Earth and the Sun. Although dangerous to observe…

Deputies: Bath salts a growing headache

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Dangerous drug in spotlight after face-chewing assault in Miami JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer With recent headlines about a man high on bath salts nearly gnawing off another man’s face in broad daylight last week in Miami, Lincoln County Sheriff Deputy M. Hill sat down with the Times-News on Friday to…