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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…

Commissioners move ahead with next year’s budget

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After additional discussion at a meeting Monday night meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 County Budget, with commissioners Carroll Mitchem and James Klein in opposition. The final decision was made during an impromptu budget workshop held after…

Wolves walk across graduation stage

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Lincolnton High School held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2014 on Friday.…

Brothers killed in wreck

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Staff report
 The state highway patrol said two brothers were killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Reepsville Road on the county’s western end on Thursday. Joshua Gantt, 27, of Diamond Lane in Vale, and his brother Casey Gantt, 23, of Sam Houser Road in Vale, were both killed when their…

Saine’s amendment battles puppy mills

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The North Carolina House of Representatives has passed a budget amendment to expand the definition of a dealer in the animal welfare section to include commercial dog breeders who have 10 or more female dogs. The amendment exempts breeders of hunting dogs, according to a press…

Commissioners may approve budget today

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After two lengthy workshop sessions, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners is expected to adopt the county’s budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year today. At their last budget meeting, the board discussed proposed solid waste fees. If approved, the budget would go into effect on June 1.…

Historic marker to commemorate site of Drumsville

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Staff report The Drum-Wilkinson clan will host a dedication service for the new Drumsville historic marker at Jones Fish Camp on June 28. While this is a historical preservation project of the Drum-Wilkinson Clan based in Catawba County, the family extends throughout the United States. John, Sr. and Mary Isenhour…