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Career Expo set for Thursday

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Staff report Lincoln County Advanced Manufacturing Partners and Lincoln County Schools will host a career expo for 400 high school career and technical education students on Thursday. “The Career Expo: Manufacturing a Future That Works” will highlight careers, educational opportunities and promote future employers. Participating companies in the expo include:…

Phase I of county office move gets under way

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Last month, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted to proceed with the relocation of several county offices out of downtown Lincolnton into the 160,000 square-foot facility at the old Lincoln County Hospital. The plan is for the site to house nearly 20 county departments. The…

Forest Service investigating fire that destroyed manufacturer

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The North Carolina Forest Service is investigating a fire that destroyed a manufacturer in Denver on Sunday. The blaze began as a brush fire, investigators said. “We are in the very early stages of this investigation,” Chase Payne said. The Lincoln County forest ranger was able…

Machine gun, SWAT gear stolen

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Staff report A submachine gun and a firearm and law enforcement gear were stolen during a break-in of a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s home and patrol vehicle, reported Sunday in Catawba County. Sgt. Robert Jefferies returned on Sunday morning from a weekend trip to find that his home and…

Deputies: Woman took more than $100k

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Staff report A Catawba County woman has been charged with stealing from her employer by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they’ve been investigating Donna Marie Varin, 50, of 2540 Pinnacle Drive in Catawba, for nearly two months. She’s been charged with one felony count of embezzlement in excess…

Around Town ~ 2-11-15

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TODAY Environmental Review Board meeting The Environmental Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. at the Citizens Center, at 115 West Main Street in Lincolnton. For more information call (704) 736-8501. THURSDAY Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp, 1616 Gen. R.F. Hoke/Col. W.J. Hoke Lincolnton…

Council approves study for downtown developments

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to endorse the concept and design of three upscale developments containing 38 new multi-family units within the city and to examine the projected cost of upgrading utility services to support the project. Prior to the meeting, Ward II councilman…

Firefighters battle massive blaze in Denver

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A brush fire off of Deer Track Drive in eastern Lincoln County resulted in an East Lincoln plant being destroyed by fire on Sunday. Universal Rubber Products, just off of Highway 16, is located adjacent to Forest Oak Drive. The call initially came in to the…

Rebels bring home state wrestling title

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County native shoots movie in Lincolnton

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JACLYN ANTHONY Chief Photographer In the last several years, Lincoln County has served as a location for several major film and television productions. Parts of “Max,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Banshee” and “Careful What You Wish For” were filmed here and featured recognizable locations such as the Lincolnton-Lincoln County airport, the Laboratory…