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Former DSS worker’s rape charge cleared

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A Mecklenburg County judge has expunged rape charges against a former unit supervisor with the Lincoln County Department of Social Services. Sherman Pride, 44, of Cornelius, received court documents last spring that the second-degree rape charge a co-worker filed against him in…

Around Town — 2-17-14

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  MONDAY Board of Health  The Lincoln County Board of Health will meet 5:30 p.m. at the Health Department, 151 Sigmon Rd. in Lincolnton. The meeting was rescheduled from Feb. 11. For more information, call (704) 735-3001. Heart Month program                                                                                                                            CMC-Lincoln will celebrate Heart Month 6 p.m. at Sally’s…

NAACP event marks Black History Month

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    Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News      The Western Carolina University Inspirational Choir performs at the Lincoln County NAACP Black History Month Celebration at the Cultural Center on Sunday.   Image courtesy of…

Asheville Dem announces challenge to McHenry

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   An Asheville Democrat has filed to run for North Carolina’s 10th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Republican Patrick McHenry. Tate MacQueen filed last Friday. For the past 20 years, MacQueen has served public schools throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland…

Man’s icy creation far from average snowman

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  Contributed      John Rippe built this replica of the Coca-Cola polar bear outside his Vale home during the recent snowstorm.   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   From polar bears and dinosaurs to penguins and cartoon characters, one Vale resident has a knack for crafting snow sculptures. While most people seemed…

A different kind of ministry

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest columnist I was talking with some ladies in a coffee house last Friday, realized we were laughing loudly and turned around to apologize to the gentleman sitting at the table beside me. Jason Williams was working on his laptop and just laughed and said it was no…

Obituaries — 2-17-14

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Emma Louise Rhyne Devine STANLEY — Emma Louise Rhyne Devine, age 94, of Stanley Total Living Center, died on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Her funeral service was 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2014, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charlene Hutchings officiating. Burial followed in the Laboratory…

Sen. Curtis named to Obamacare analysis committee by Berger

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   State Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) announced last Wednesday that he has appointed Sen. Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus) and Sen. David Curtis (R-Lincoln) as senate co-chairmen of a legislative committee that will examine the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on North Carolina.…

Tremors felt in Lincoln County

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  Staff report   A small earthquake shook South Carolina and Georgia late Friday, and could be felt as far away as Lincolnton. The quake happened at 10:23 p.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.1, said U.S. Geological Survey Geophysicist Dale Grant. It was centered 7 miles west of…

Commissioners to hear details on water plant expansion

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer     The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight to discuss an engineering proposal for the preliminary design and cost analysis phase of a possible water treatment plant expansion. Senior Utility Engineer Michael Neff will provide County Commissioners with a summary of…