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Raids net 35 suspected drug dealers

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested more than 20 suspected street-level drug dealers and narcotics traffickers during the first couple of hours of Operation “Play 60,” narcotics investigators’ seventh round-up in four years. Narcotics Lt. Jason Reid first briefed his unit’s men and fellow agency…

Girl Scout throws special needs prom

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer More than 40 teenagers and adults donned their finest attire on June 15 to attend the county’s first prom for special needs individuals. Attendees came from across the county and surrounding areas, ranging in age from 15 to 72, to attend “A Red Carpet Affair.” East…

Schools announce new administration hires

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Starting July 1, several Lincoln County Schools administrators will begin the transition to their newly appointed administrative positions. According to a press release on the school system’s website, two new district administrators have been hired for the 2014-2015 school year. Deanna Finger will be serving as…

‘Footloose’ opens today

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Director Anna Lisa Johannessen couldn’t say “no” when it came to casting for this month’s Lincoln Theatre Guild performance of “Footloose.” She accepted all ages and performance skills of individuals interested in acting in the stage adaptation of the classic 1980s movie. The show proves timeless…

Storms nearly destroy local home

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Mark Landers was already on a fire call for the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department when he received another that hit a little too close to home. His wife and daughter were in their home on Business 321 when a rash of severe storms blew through…

Narcs round up drug suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies scoured the streets of Lincoln County this morning, looking for alleged drug offenders in the seventh round-up initiative the Sheriff’s Office has carried out since 2010. Narcotics investigators spent several months conducting surveillance and carrying out undercover drug buys on the 60 suspects targeted by…

Firm purchases Actavis plant, saves 300 jobs

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer G&W Laboratories, Inc. has taken over the former Actavis facility, located off of Highway 150, saving 300 jobs that were expected to be lost with the plant’s closure. After learning that Actavis planned to phase out production and ultimately close the Lincoln County plant, the New…

A taste of the Civil War

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Historical interpreter shows Boy Scouts items from state’s Civil War history JACLYN ANTHONY LTN Staff Members of Boy Scout Troop 74 got a glimpse of the everyday life of a Confederate soldier on Monday. Andy Reed, a historical interpreter for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, visited Rhyne Heights…

Boy stable after accidental hanging

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 10-year-old Lincolnton boy received critical injuries this week after accidentally hanging himself, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday at a home on the 2800 block of Long Shoals Road, according to an agency press release. The boy’s…

Investigators still looking for missing Vale woman

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies remain on the hunt for a missing Vale woman who was last seen leaving her residence in May, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Toasha Nicole Rice, 27, has been missing since May 26, when family told deputies they spotted her leaving her residence on…