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Federal money paves way for airport upgrades

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer With funding now in place, the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport appears likely to receive its long-discussed improvements soon. The airport has been officially announced by federal officials as a recipient of a $2.5 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant. The grant requires a 5 percent match…

Lincoln SWAT team trains with Marines special unit

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer All 15 members of the Lincoln County SWAT team, including 14 deputies and one tactical officer with Emergency Medical Services, recently joined with three other state law enforcement agencies in enduring an intense, five-day tactical training session alongside the Marine’s Special Response Team (SRT) at Camp…

Shuford certified as juvenile court judge

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Cleveland and Lincoln County Judge Meredith Shuford, who now boasts her certification as a juvenile court judge for District 27B, plans to continue using her career field to protect the community’s “abused and neglected children,” she told the Times-News earlier this week. “Fighting for the most…

Soup bowls to aid Hospice

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United Way Kickoff speaker

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Obituaries — 10-10-12

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Marcelee Coffey Barnes Marcelee Coffey Barnes, age 85, of 1662 Dickinson Road in Hickory, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2012 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.…

Man charged in rape attempt, break-in

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton police assisted Cherryville officers over the weekend in apprehending a Lincolnton man accused of breaking into a Cherryville home and trying to force a teenaged girl to have sex with him. Juan Felix Villalobos, 53, of 2847 Highland Drive, remains behind Gaston County bars under…

Health Department partners with other counties to receive N.C. Dept. of Public Health grant

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Health Department, in partnership with Cabarrus Health Alliance, was recently announced as a recipient of a regional Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the North Carolina Department of Public Health. Over a five-year period, the region will receive $2 million to target the economic,…

Criminal charges — 10-10-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Michael Elston Smith Jr., 38, of 1169 Furnace Rd. in Iron Station was charged Oct. 5 with one count of probation violation. No bond was set. Jeffrey Lynn Barnette, 49, of 7074 Deer Haven Tr. in Denver was charged Oct. 5…

Around Town — 10-10-12

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THURSDAY Fire dept. meeting Howards Creek VFD will hold its annual meeting 7 p.m. at 3117 W. N.C. 27 in Lincolnton. Veterans group The Sons of the Confederate Veterans Camp 1616 Gen. Robert F. Hoke/ Col. William J. Hoke will meet 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E.…