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Plea deal, sentencings close out murder case

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office can close the file on a nearly two-year-old murder case after a judge recently sentenced two Hickory men to at least two decades in prison for the second-degree charges. The sentences came as part of a plea deal reached Dec. 1,…

Cochrane: Obama invite a surprise

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer After months of national media attention, Bruce Cochrane, owner and CEO of Lincolnton Furniture Company, has experienced arguably the highest honor yet after being invited as a guest of the first lady’s for Tuesday night’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. Having previously attended…

Quarantine for canine after biting todder’s face

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A dog has been placed on quarantine at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter after authorities said it bit a toddler on the face and neck. The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at a residence located on the 1100 block of Confederate Road in Lincolnton, according…

NC guests underscore Obama’s speech

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Staff and wire reports   WASHINGTON — Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama delivered a populist challenge Tuesday night to shrink the gap between rich and poor, promising to tax the wealthy more and help jobless Americans get work and hang onto their homes. Seeking re-election and…

Deputies: Cocaine found in vehicle

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County deputies said they seized nearly 100 grams of cocaine from a Catawba County man’s vehicle Friday after he was stopped for driving drunk down an area road. Deputies believed that 22-year-old Newton resident Jose Domingo Ramirez was under the influence of alcohol while…

McHenry responds to attacks from GOP primary challenger

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, of North Carolina’s 10th District, has responded after coming under fire again from Denver journalist and congressional candidate Ken Fortenberry. Fortenberry, who is challenging McHenry for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in May’s Republican primary, released new complaints…

A taste of Pie Day

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Heather Jenkins, 6, joins hundreds of others at the annual observance of Pie Day on Tuesday at the Citizens Center.…

Local singer has high hopes for release of single

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton resident Courtney Chay was among 18 budding artists across the Carolinas to win a spot on the Pride of Carolinas album released this week. She’s also hoping her very own single “Warrior” will reach at least 5,000 downloads in the next several days, granting…

Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Reporter   Officials from local law enforcement agencies, schools and fire departments are set to take a frigid plunge, some in costume, Saturday at Sally’s YMCA in Denver. The Polar Plunge event, sponsored this year by the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run, benefits North Carolina Special…

Local Ryan’s spared as many forced to close

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Gastonia restaurant not so lucky SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Despite immediate closings in other parts of the state, including Gastonia, the Ryan’s on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton is remaining open. Buffets, Inc., the nation’s largest steak-buffet restaurant company and owner of Ryan’s, announced last week that it will be…