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RSI expands local facility

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer RSI Home Products celebrated its latest expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Lincoln Economic Development Association on Friday. The California-based company, which located in Lincolnton 15 years ago, recently completed a 225,000-square-foot addition, bringing its overall total space to more than 1 million square…

Making molasses the old-fashioned way

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Ellis family honors tradition passed down from earlier times JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While the tradition of harvesting and cooking molasses has been in the Ellis family for three generations, initially a money source during the 1930s, family members now carry out the annual, laborious process in the name of…

Drug sting nets bail bondsman

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Three Lincoln County men, including a bail bondsman, woke to SWAT officers at their homes Thursday morning after deputies said they received word from community tips that the suspects had been harboring and selling marijuana and methamphetamine. According to Lt. Jason Reid, head of the county…

Lincolnton NAACP rally marks 50th anniversary of March on Washington

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NC NAACP president lambasts state legislature SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer “Forward together, not one step back,” was chanted several times Wednesday evening as a lively crowd gathered in front of the Lincoln County Courthouse to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington and his…

County unemployment rate steady

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from a month ago, according to the latest figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Wednesday. July’s numbers show the local rate stayed at 9.8 percent, with it having risen to that level in June. This follows…

Band on bikes stops in Lincolnton

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While biking from Black Mountain to Greensboro, four-piece string band The Steel Wheels stopped in Lincolnton Thursday while on their way to perform a concert in Charlotte that night. The temporary Americana-style band has been riding between 60 and 85 miles a day since before Aug.…

Convenience stores offer healthy snacks

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Two local corner stores are participating in a healthy-eating initiative, made possible by a state grant, that’s helping to boost the accessibility of fresh produce. The Lincoln County Health Department, in partnership with Cabarrus Health Alliance, was announced last year as a recipient of a regional…

NC NAACP president to speak at rally

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   In a surprise announcement, local leaders have revealed that Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, will be the guest speaker for this evening’s “Taking the Dream Home to Lincolnton” event. Deanna McGinnis, chair of the Lincoln County Democratic Party,…

Teachers welcome students back to school

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Denver firefighter indicted for sex crime

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A grand jury indicted a former Lincoln County firefighter Friday on sex-related charges involving a child, the Clerk of Court’s Office said. Landon Kirk McMahon, 21, of Catawba Burris Road in Denver, is accused of inappropriately touched a 12-year-old family friend in early 2012.…