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Deputies arrest most of 50 drug suspects targeted in county sweep

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  Lincoln County deputies said 24 suspects have been taken into custody during “Operation 50-50” on Lincoln County warrants. Investigators from Lincoln County and Catawba County targeted 100 suspected drug dealers in the operation. Most of the arrests were made during an early morning push on Wednesday. Deputies said the…

Few faces friendly to Duke Energy at hearing

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Duke Energy couldn’t count an ally among the 22 people who spoke at a public hearing at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton on Wednesday night. Duke is applying for stormwater and wastewater renewal permits that would allow the company to drain water from…

Obituaries — 4-10-15

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Tommy L. Cloninger Tommy L. Cloninger, 76, passed away April 2, 2015. He is survived by two daughters, Jessica Schrum and Tracy Eley; son, Timothy Cloninger; brother, Keith Cloninger; sister, Patricia Beam and girlfriend Betty Carpenter. The family will have a drop in memorial visitation for Tommy Cloninger on Saturday…

Plan to move county offices to new building taking shape

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For more than five years, it seemed inevitable that Lincoln County officials would vote to move several of their offices into the old hospital on Gamble Drive, after an extensive and costly renovation. More recently, it appeared possible the court system would be joining county offices…

Ethics Archery’s innovations aim to please bow hunters

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the Gizowski brothers, patience has certainly paid off for their business as they prepare to launch a series of archery products that they hope will change the landscape of the industry. The brotherly trio of Scott, Jerome and Jason collectively seek to grow their business…

Around Town — 4-10-15

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      FRIDAY Consignment sale Messiah United Methodist Church, at 4102 Hwy. 27 W. in Lincolnton will host a kids and teens spring consignment sale from 6-9 p.m. Items will include children and teen clothes, games, toys, shoes, books and much more. For more information, contact Brandi at (704)…

ELHS grad selected to study in Greece

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Cole Owens heard his biography read during the selection ceremony for the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity’s program “Tragos Quest to Greece,” he knew that he was one of the 20 selected from a pool of over 15,000 applicants. “I heard my bio and I knew…

Catawba, Lincoln deputies target 100 drug suspects

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Staff report Narcotics investigators from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office joined forces this morning to arrest 100 suspected drug offenders. Teams of officers from both jurisdictions were assigned lists of suspects that were the target of warrants in “Operation 50-50,” according to a press…

Yellow bows go up for deployed troops

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  Ribbons will stay up until soldiers return from Bahrain ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Dale Punch hopes the bright yellow ribbons deliver an appropriate message. The Vietnam War veteran was one of many who volunteered at the American Legion in Lincolnton on Monday night to construct 104 of the…

Public decries new county animal law

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        ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   If the nearly 100 people who packed into the James W. Warren Citizens Center auditorium accomplished anything on Monday night, they made sure their voices were heard. Seventeen spoke during a public hearing, all but one deriding a drafted animal services…