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Gym set to open after long vacancy

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   After sitting vacant for about four years, Anytime Fitness is finally expected to open for business sometime this winter. Will Fisher of Charlotte-based York Development Group, which owns the Lincolnton Station Shopping Center on East Main Street, told the Times-News last week that the…

Business briefs — 10-15-12

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Lail Electric receives award for renovations Lail Electric received the City of Lincolnton Polished Apple Award for the renovation of its building, located at 1420 E. Main St., last week. Mayor John Gilleland presented the award to Audie, Monte and Steve Lail. The Polished Apple Award is a citywide recognition…

Gaston man charged in 2008 sexual offense on Lincoln teen

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Gaston County man was arrested last week in connection with a sexual-related incident with a 13-year-old Lincoln County girl from four years ago, deputies said. Gaston County deputies apprehended Juan Antonio Martinez, 28, of 2337 Pineview Lane in Gastonia, on Thursday. He was…

N.C. Division of Workforce Security weekly job listings

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  Accounting/Office Manager (Job #010148281) Must have at least an associate degree (bachelor’s preferred) with a concentration in accounting. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and familiar with Access). Will be responsible for the day-to-day activities of accounts payable and receivable. Must be able to execute day-to-day…

Suspect faces accusations of assaulting teenage girl

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man is set to appear in court today on allegations he sexually touched a teenage girl earlier this month at a city residence, police said. Johnny Ray Izard Sr., 47, of Car Farm Road, is currently being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention…

Crouse VFD hopes high-capacity truck gives firefighters and edge

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Crouse Volunteer Fire Department now boasts Lincoln County’s only 3,000-gallon water tanker, which has the capacity to dump a third of its water load in under a minute, squelching large-scale blazes across the area. While other fire agencies in the county maintain similar tankers, none can…

Criminal Charges 10-15-12

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Kenneth Rinck Sr., 39, of 949 Moorland Ln. in Lincolnton was charged Oct. 10 with one count of failure to comply. A $475 cash bond was set. Cailtin Rhae Peeler, 21, of 6719 Lackey Rd. in Vale was charged…

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Burke named to Southern gospel music hall of fame

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   A lifelong love of music, an outgoing personality and someone who would do anything to help another person, are among the ways Charles Burke will be remembered by his loved ones and former-colleagues, and factors that recently helped the late Maiden resident to become…

Obits 10-15-12

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Billy Dean ‘Blossom’ Smith Mr. Billy Dean “Blossom” Smith, age 79, of 1869 Arrowood Lane in Lincolnton, died on Friday, October 12, 2012. His funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 in theWarlick Funeral HomeChapel with Pastor Darrell Setzer officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn…