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Wanted in Denver: Skilled workers

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer It’s a problem that’s becoming more and more common: As the manufacturing industry looks to make a comeback of sorts, qualified workers are hard to find. Jeff Frushtick, president and CEO of Leonard Automatics in Denver, is experiencing just this. After an article appeared in The…

Roundup nets more than 50 drug suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton Police have been calling on assistance from various local law enforcement agencies to assist them in a 16-day hunt of nearly 100 offenders wanted on more than 400 drug-related charges. The effort, dubbed “16 Days of Christmas,” was purposely drawn out during a more than…

Looking ahead after the ‘Makeover’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer James and Vonda Friday and their seven children, five of whom are adopted, have received one of the biggest gifts this holiday season, a new home built by the cast and crew of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Their eight-bedroom home, located on Moore Street in…

Break-ins target homes in north-central county

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies are searching for a holiday thief who stole Christmas presents and other items Tuesday from two homes located in a north-central area of the county where other break-ins were reported earlier this month. In both incidents, the homes’ back doors were kicked in and items…

Murder suspect in court on probation charge

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Contrary to information published in Monday’s edition of the Times-News, Lincolnton murder suspect Matthew Carol Broome appeared in court Wednesday on a probation charge, not the first-degree murder charge he faces in the death of his girlfriend Lynsette Jo Latusek. A date for his second hearing…

McGuire workers donating toys

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The United States Marine Corps loaded more than 220 bicycles and hundreds of other gifts for needy children into moving trucks at Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station in Huntersville on Monday afternoon. According to a press release sent out by the company, employees at the plant…

Police round up church theft suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two suspects have been taken into custody while a third person remains at large in connection with a break-in last week at Without Walls Freedom Center in Lincolnton. Dallas Police have arrested Ralph Alexander Hall, 23, of Bessemer City, while Lincolnton police have apprehended Jennifer Smith…

DA quits panel over veto

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SHELBY (AP) — District Attorney Richard “Rick” Shaffer has resigned from Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue’s crime policy panel because she vetoed a bill that would have essentially repealed a 2009 law focused on capital punishment and racial bias. Shaffer, a Democrat who prosecutes crimes in Cleveland and Lincoln counties, wrote…

Plugs on Christmas tree lights blamed in house fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A woman and her daughter escaped their burning Lincolnton residence Friday evening after fire officials said a multi-plug adapter on the home’s artificial Christmas tree sparked a fire. The incident occurred just after 7:30 p.m. at a two-story home on 107 Mauney Drive. The Lincolnton Housing…

Celebrating a season of sharing

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Volunteers help deliver food, gifts More than 300 volunteers show up at Christian Ministry in Lincolnton on Tuesday to help deliver food for families who find themselves in need of assistance at this time of year. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Christian Ministries in Lincolnton handed out food boxes and toys…