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Fire destroys Lincolnton family’s home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A mother and her two children found themselves homeless after a blazedestroyed their house late Sunday afternoon on the city’s southwestern end. The Crouse Fire Department responded between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. asthe primary agency at the White Street home with mutual assistance from firecrews…

Reader’s Forum — 8-20-12

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Biden’s ‘chains’ comments ironic Recently on the campaign trail, Joe Biden told a Virginia audience that Republicans wanted to put them back in chains. The allusion to slavery is rather ironic, given Biden’s support for raising taxes, especially for higher-income earners. Slavery is defined as non-ownership of one’s person and…

Around Town — 8-20-12

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Blood drives The American Red Cross will host two Lincolnton blood drives: 2-6:30 p.m. today at Walgreens, 1230 E. Main St., and 2:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Abernathy Chevrolet, 1445 E. Main St. Camp meeting The 2012 Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting will be Monday through Sunday at Lincoln County’s Tucker Grove…

Criminal charges — 8-20-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Ashley Elizabeth Lane, 19, of 1235 Rosehill Dr. in Lincolnton was charged Aug. 16 with one count of simple assault. No bond was set. Christopher Michael Cockerlinem, 27, of 176 Hoffman Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Aug. 16 with one count…

Defense lawyer says she’s in dark on details

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Murder suspect’s attorney: Too early to discuss plea JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A month after a double homicide shocked Lincolnton, the attorney of the man charged with the crime tells the Times-News that she has yet to see one case document. “I don’t even have the first page of a…

Getting a close-up look at local farms

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Tour takes trip to area farms AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer A handful of packed vans, and a string of vehicles following closely behind made their way around Lincoln and Catawba counties last week during Lincoln County Cooperative Extension’s farm tour. The four-stop route wrapped up Farm City Week — an…

Lincoln among counties in regional economic survey

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Citizens from 17 counties in the Charlotte region, including Lincoln County, are invited to participate in a survey about the local economy. Part of a joint effort between the Centralina Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the survey is seeking input in order…

50th Anniversary

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Wayne and Martha Gilbert of Vale celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, August 19, 2012. The couple celebrated with a family trip to Nashville, Tenn. and a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn. Their children are Crystal Hartsoe and husband Don, Shannon Tally and husband Shon, and Brad Gilbert. Their grandchildren…

Two charged in May break-in at ice cream shop

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man and woman have been charged with robbing a local ice cream and coffee shop earlier this year, police said. Earl Lee Bryson Brooks, 22, and Brittany Denise Pickelsimer, 21, both of 111 Hubbard Street, have been accused of breaking into Morgan’s Dairy Bar…

Wolves outlast Maiden 9-7

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Penalties, turnovers hamper Maiden’s offensive effort MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor LINCOLNTON — The Lincolnton Wolves knew defense was going to be a key against the Maiden Blue Devils on Friday. They just might not have known how important it would be. The Lincolnton defense accounted for all of the Wolves’…