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Teen charged with death by vehicle

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A teen who was charged in the death of a North Lincoln High School student last year following a wreck in the northeastern part of the county is scheduled to appear in district court on Tuesday. Authorities said 16-year-old Travis Kennedy Cannon was driving…

New law gets tough with young drivers

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A new driving law that could potentially decrease the number of fatal vehicle collisions involving teens while simultaneously forcing law enforcement officers to handcuff more young drivers went into effect this month. Approved by the Legislature last year, the law states that teen drivers…

Helping students with cost of formal wear

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A new program at Lincolnton High School is looking to collect clothing and accessories — including formal dresses in advance of prom season — for students who are in need. Called the “Clothes Closet,” the project is a year-round drive for all types of…

Polar Plunge

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Dylan Houser takes an icy dip in the pool Saturday morning at Sally’s YMCA in Denver as part of the “Polar Plunge.” The event raised funds for North Carolina Special Olympics.…

Feds aid deputies in drug suspect roundup

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Gov. Perdue won’t seek re-election

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RALEIGH (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday she will not seek re-election because she fears a fight with Republicans over public education would become too political. But she entered the election year with some baggage: a campaign finance investigation, sagging poll numbers and worries from fellow Democrats she would…

Feds aid deputies in drug suspect roundup

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with federal authorities Thursday morning in their first round-up of the new year, apprehending more than half of the individuals wanted in the operation, codenamed “.38 Special.” Earlier this month, a grand jury indicted a total of 38 individuals…

Convicted felon is charged in home invasion

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have apprehended a convicted felon accused of attempting to rape a teen girl while robbing a Lincolnton residence earlier this month. The incident occurred on Jan. 10 at a home on Lincoln Street, police said. The victim and her sister were at the home around…

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…