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Obituaries — 12-18-13

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James William Carpenter WEST LINCOLN — James William Carpenter resident of 5799 Coot Williams Road, Cherryville received his ultimate healing on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, while surrounded by his loving wife of 67 years, Ethel Williams Carpenter, and numerous family members and friends. He was born in Cleveland County on…

Commissioners vote down solar farm

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 against the construction of a solar farm in Denver during their meeting Monday night. The Times-News reported last week that the Planning Board voted 4-4 against the approval of Strata Solar’s solar farm due to its proximity to SailView,…

Women accused of stealing mail

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two Lincolnton women are accused of driving up to 50 different mailboxes on the county’s eastern end and stealing cash and gift cards to pay for their children’s Christmas presents, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies located the suspects’ vehicle on the wrong side of the road…

Man’s handmade crosses bring smiles

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Formerly a Hickory toy maker, Lincolnton resident Al Franklin now spends his days making wooden crosses for military men, children, nursing home patients and any person in the community who touches his heart. “This time of year people need to think about people (like that),” he…

McHenry votes for latest federal budget

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Senate is expected to vote today on a bipartisan federal budget plan that would remove the threat of a government shutdown for two years. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the Senate advanced the measure over a filibuster threshold on a 67-33 vote, ensuring the…

Former county manager praised for work with local library system

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Former county manager George Wood received recognition for his work with the Lincoln County library system at the North Carolina Public Library Director’s Association annual Award Banquet earlier this month. The association presented Wood with the 2013 Library Champion Award in Chapel Hill on Dec. 5…

Northern Irish poet finds love, art in region

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Northern Ireland native Adrian Rice had no idea his five-week visit to the United States in 1999 would be the starting point of a future life here. Lenoir-Rhyne University, in connection with the Catawba County Arts Council, had invited Adrian through their U.S. Exchange Residency program…

Eagles get sweep

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LCS opens league play win wins By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER –– In a game of runs, Lincoln Charter happened to have the biggest. The run was also just big enough. Christian Hilty scored 15 points and hit four 3-pointers, two of which keyed a big second quarter spurt…

Lincoln Charter kicks off annual Talon Challenge today

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Lincoln Charter will kick off its fifth annual Talon Challenge, an event intended to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and for the Jimmy V Foundation, with a game ball run beginning today. Students from Lincoln Charter will carry Friday’s game ball for its Southern Piedmont 1A…

Calendar — 12/18/13

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Upcoming games Basketball games begin with junior varsity girls, who start at 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted. North Lincoln does not have a JV girls team, so its games begin with the JV boys at 5 p.m.: Today Basketball Lincoln Charter at E. Lincoln Forestview at Lincolnton Swimming N. Lincoln…