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Criminal Charges — 8-8-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: Melvin Darnell Pharr, 55, of 4018 East Highway in Iron Station was charged August 5 with one misdemeanor count sexual battery. An unknown bond was set. Daytona Sieatia Adams, 29, of 2805 Highland Drive in Lincolnton was charged August 5 with one…

Partnership for Children offers back-to-school tips

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AMY WADSWORTH Guest Columnist It’s almost time for Back to School! Here are some tips to keep in mind to make sure your children are safe. Review your family’s walking safety rules. Walk on the sidewalk if available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic. Officer Tommy Crosby…

Local conservationists lauded at district banquet

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Staff Report The Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District honored several local conservation activists during an awards banquet on Thursday. According to a press release, the annual banquet allows the district an opportunity to recognize individuals in Lincoln County that are working hard to protect natural resources. This year,…

Around Town — 08-08-14

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Today Concert Michael Wayne Smith will be singing at Landmark Baptist Church, located at 4321 Reepsville Road in Vale, at 6 p.m. For more information, please call (707) 308-8191. Saturday Concert The River Oak Band will perform at 2910 Killian Road in Lincolnton beginning at 6 p.m. Children under 12…

Our View — Can’t fight the wave

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An inevitable part of growth is change. Lincoln County is no exception to that rule. As the population grows, the county is going to change. It’s better if we accept it, embrace it and make the people who are moving here feel like they belong. The population in 2010, according…

Reader’s Forum 8-8-14

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Old hospital could be used for nonprofits This is in response to the Lincoln Times editorial on “City needs commitment from county.” Why would the county spend $17 million to close down Lincolnton businesses??? To The City of Lincolnton Planning: When CMC built and moved into its new facility, I,…

Still time to enjoy warm days of summer

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist The weather is showing signs of early autumn, with cooler days and foggy mornings. Back to school talk can be heard and stores are gearing up with colorful displays of book bags and supplies to stuff them with. Communities-in-Schools is receiving help from several groups that…

‘Work in progress’

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LHS soccer has questions entering season Sports Editor Like the prize at the bottom of a box of Cracker Jack, what can become of Lincolnton High’s boys soccer team this season is a mystery. The Wolves, who open the season at North Lincoln on Aug. 18, enter their 2014 campaign…

Sports Calendar 8-8-14

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High school football scrimmage schedule Monday, Aug. 11 W. Lincoln at Avery Co., 5 p.m. (JVs begin at 4 p.m.) E. Gaston at N. Lincoln, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 Lincolnton at Cherryville, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 Rutherford Co. Jamboree: W. Lincoln at Chase, 8:30 p.m. (JVs begin at…

Bringing out the big guns

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SWAT team leader discusses rationale behind raids ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Hollywood movies and mainstream media portray SWAT teams in many ways, from every day average Joe heroes that save the day to corrupt villains that abuse their power. The public perception of tactical units tends to vacillate between favorable…