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Three charged in effort to con area churches

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Three Gaston County residents have been scamming local churches out of money this holiday season, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. Michael Shane Sisk, 36, and Lisa Marie Sisk, 29, both of 1913 Hemlock Avenue in Gastonia, along with Mary Ruth Helton, 48,…

Nonprofit group hopes to spread joy

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Denver nonprofit organization Spreading Joy plans to bring holiday cheer to the residents and children of a local battered women’s shelter this season through the charity event dubbed “Christmas JOY.” The function will be Saturday at New Grace Baptist Church in Iron Station. Spreading…

Educators hope DARE replacement program can promote health

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   In hopes of finding a program that would adequately replace Drugs Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), Lincoln County Cooperative Extension agents worked to train area educators last month in a new curriculum to battle substance abuse and other issues today’s youth face regularly. Previously, D.A.R.E.…

Suspect described as ‘at large’ had turned himself in

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  Times-News staff   After front-page headlines earlier week describing Brandon Brooks as being “at large,” and wanted for selling illegal “bath salts,” the Times-News has learned that he had actually turned himself in two weeks earlier. Apparently nobody bothered to tell Lincolnton Police, who were still looking for him…

Reader’s Forum — 12-12-12

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Thanks for fighting against illegal drugs I am writing to express my thankfulness and gratitude to the Lincoln County’s Sheriff’s Department and the City’s police force (and other law enforcement personnel here or outside our county). These people have diligently and affectively attacked the flagrant drug problems that has existed…

Tool Locker Plus truly a family business

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Brad Smith opened his new Lincolnton business, Tool Locker Plus, on Black Friday, arguably the biggest shopping day of the year. That decision should show both his determination and the confidence he has regarding his new endeavor. Located at 1116 E. Main St., the name-brand tool…

Fire destroys mobile home in Denver

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A grease fire destroyed a mobile home Sunday afternoon on the county’s eastern end, fire officials said. Denver Fire Department responded to the blaze just after 3 p.m. on Pine Ridge Drive in Denver, Public Information Officer Dion Burleson told the Times-News on Monday. Crews with…

Cat Square or bust

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Local musicians appear on new tribute album

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   An eclectic collaboration of tunes from artists who have been involved with or influenced by the work of Louisiana musician and songwriter Kelly Keeling, brought two Lincoln County men together recently, resulting in an album and the formation of their own Christian band. Park…

Around Town — 12-10-12

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MONDAY Library events The Lincoln County Public Library will host “A Jolly Evening with Mrs. Claus” 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Charles R. Jonas Library in Lincolnton and “Family Story Time with Santa and Mrs. Claus” 6:30-8 p.m. at the Shanklin Library in Denver. Coalition of Churches The Coalition of Churches…