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Ballard: Going from a pollywog to a shellback

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist On one of my Saturday morning trips to Hardees, I met Mike Manning and his wife. I asked him if he recalled anything he’d remember forever and without hesitation he told me it was when he was in the Navy. In 1972 he was aboard the…

Mize 50th Anniversary

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Teen charged after one-pot meth lab found

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a “one-pot” meth lab that was found on South Poplar Street on July 24. Detectives Dwayne McAllister and Dennis Harris conducted the investigation that led to the arrest of Joseph Scott Cirillo, 19, on July…

Sheriff’s Office investigating theft of batteries

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in investigating battery thefts that recently occurred in western Lincoln County. During dates ranging from July 25-Aug. 3, a total of 14 batteries were stolen from several trucks, farm tractors and church busses. Between July…

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,…