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Relatives charged with assaulting couple

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies said a teen and his father used rocks to assault a man over the weekend at a convenience store west of Lincolnton. Esteban Cavillo Pascual, 46, of 133 Charles Heavner Lane, is accused of using a “large rock” Sunday to punch and hit a man…

Criminal Charges 12-4-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Robert Eugene Kinsler Jr., 28, of 734 Trinity Ln., 14, in Iron Station was charged Nov. 29 with one count of failure to appear. A $4,800 secured bond was set. Astro Steve Johnson, 35, of 492 Harolds Ln. in Lincolnton was…

Lincoln meth lab busts exceed 20 for 2013

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A western Lincoln County man remains behind bars after deputies said they arrested him Monday for harboring a one-pot methamphetamine lab inside his residence. Narcotics investigators located the lab just before 5:30 p.m. on the 7100 block of Doyle Beam Memorial Road in Vale, according to…

Criminal Charges — 12-2-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Christopher Antonio Bynum, 28, of 4564 N.C. 73 in Iron Station was charged Nov. 27 with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He was also served a true bill of indictment for possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver…

Our View: The good news

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We occasionally hear complaints about our publishing “bad” news too frequently. The reality is that, as news gatherers, we have a solemn responsibility for publishing both the bad and the good with impartiality. But given the content of our edition this past Friday (Nov. 29), we doubt we’ll hear any…

Reader’s Forum — 12-2-13

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Safe sidewalks are taking second place This letter is in reply to a recent letter concerning leaf collection by city workers. I agree with the writer; we live in a great city with fantastic sanitation and street maintenance departments. However, on the subject of lawn, leaf and waste collections, I…

Problems with food stamps vastly improve

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Four months after the Lincoln County Department of Social Services experienced an unexpected shutdown in computer operations, delaying monthly food stamps for a number of citizens, DSS officials have seen ample improvements while simultaneously bracing themselves for future healthcare changes. The food stamp issue stemmed from…

County to hold another public hearing on solar farm

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  Staff report   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Planning Board are holding another public hearing tonight regarding Strata Solar Farms request of a conditional use permit to construct a solar power generator facility in the eastern end of the county. The Times-News previously reported that more than…

Lincolnton gets the Christmas spirit

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Around Town — 12-2-13

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MONDAY Play auditions        The Cherryville Little Theatre,  301 W. Academy St., will host auditions 7-9 p.m. for the upcoming  Southern comedy “Dearly Departed.” Cast will include 5 men and 9 women ages 20s-70s and 3 to 5 teens ages 15-18. Rehearsals will be in January and performances Feb. 28, March…