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Local funeral director named state ‘Professional of the Year’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County funeral director was recently named “Professional of the Year” for 2013. The Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of North Carolina, Inc., handed out the annual award in a special ceremony last month in Wilmington. Mary Frances White, owner of Ebony and White’s Funeral…

Police drug roundup nets over 20 suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have apprehended more than 20 area drug suspects since initiating Operation “Independence Day” on Wednesday. A three-month undercover investigation targeted dealers accused of buying and selling marijuana and pharmaceuticals such as Hydrocodone, Xanax, Dilaudid, Oxycodone and Clonazepam. Undercover officers Sgt. Det. J. Munday and Det.…

Fire Department to help raise funds for Amity Lane washout

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local fire department plans to help an Iron Station neighborhood raise money to repair a road washed away in this month’s area flooding. Trinity Farms resident Debbie Whitley said Pumpkin Center Fire Department will host a food fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday and donate proceeds…

Lincoln County celebrates Independence Day

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Deputies locate one of two missing sisters

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies said they located one of two Lincoln County sisters who ran away from their residence earlier this month. A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer went to Carolinas Medical Center-Main on Wednesday and identified patient Aniya Symone Mickey-Weeks as one of the missing teens, the Sheriff’s Office said.…

County unemployment rate rises slightly

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County’s unemployment rate ticked back up for the month of May, rising to 9.5 percent from 8.7 percent a month earlier. Not alone, the county was one of 87 statewide to see similar increases, while 12 experienced decreases and one remained unchanged, according to new…

City cops bust drug offenders

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Lincolnton Police said they targeted more than 30 drug offenders Wednesday morning following a nearly three-month undercover investigation. City officers, along with aid from Sheriff’s detectives John Propst and Frank Runyon, took to the streets in teams of two for Operation “Independence…

Charities build homes in Denver for wounded veterans

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer One former Marine and his family have been chosen to receive a new home in Denver in connection with a five-charity collaborative effort for wounded veterans. Sergeant Jason Hyde, of Spartanburg, is set to move into the two-story Katherine Drive residence next month with…

Events celebrate Independence Day

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Various events marking the Fourth of July holiday will be taking place in the area, with the first such celebration getting underway this evening. Below is a roundup of local Independence Day parades and festivities:   Wednesday:   The city of Cherryville will…

Fryes named Farm Family of the Year

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District has chosen as its 2013 “Conservation Farm Family” Gerald and Leslie Frye. The couple, who raise beef cattle exclusively at their more than 200-acre farm on Flay Road in western Lincoln County, will officially be recognized…