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Survey: Lack of right skills keeps factory jobs unfilled

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Employers across the state, including Lincoln County, are continuing to struggle with filling skilled positions despite the current unemployment rate, according to a new survey conducted by the North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards. The Competitive Workforce Alliance, a collaboration of the seven work force…

Robbery suspect captured after police converge on home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer SWAT team units captured a robbery suspect at his home early Tuesday morning, with support from several emergency response and law enforcement agencies in the area. Justin Andrew Osczepeinski, 22, of 1100 Requa Road in Cherryville, was apprehended at his residence just before 4 a.m. Tuesday…

Police release surveillance footage of masked men

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer One week after two men with ski masks attempted to rob the Goodwill store in Lincolnton, city police are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspects. Police have released still shots taken from the store’s video surveillance during the incident, which occurred just before…

Poet, musician set for Lincolnton performance

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Internationally known musician’s poet Keith Flynn, popular for establishing and managing Asheville Poetry Review and serving as lead singer of the band The Crystal Zoo, is set to perform Friday at the Lincoln Cultural Center as part of Poetry Lincolnton’s first show of the new year.…

Refinancing county debt should save big

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Favorable interest rates expected to save taxpayers more than million over next decade   SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The office of County Manager George Wood announced on Tuesday that recent refinancing efforts will save the county more than $1 million over the course of 11 years. According to the…

4 Lincoln suspects in Newton car theft

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Four Lincoln County men have been accused of stealing a vehicle from a used car lot last month in Catawba County. The vehicle was stolen sometime in December from Danner Auto Sales in Newton, according to Newton Police Detective Brian Cloninger. Authorities said the vehicle showed…

The dream that overcomes

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The dream that overcomes

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Lincoln County joined the nation Monday in saluting the memory of civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an event at the Lincoln Cultural Center in the morning and a march through downtown Lincolnton in the afternoon.…

Blaze hits textile mill; damage minimal

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Firefighters responded to a small-scale blaze over the weekend at a Lincolnton textile plant, the same site where a “suspicious” fire occurred just five months earlier. The incident took place around 9 p.m. at Mohican Mills, located at 1419 E. Gaston Street. Fire officials said…

Employee reports scaring off would-be robbers

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton Goodwill employee was emptying trash at the store Friday night when he said he encountered two men with ski masks, one of whom was armed with a knife. Bobby Blalock was outside the Goodwill store, located at 510 Vaughn Way, around 8:40 p.m. unloading…