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Calendar — 12/23/13

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Coming Tuesday The Lincoln Times-News will publish its All-Lincoln County football teams on Tuesday in its Christmas Eve edition. Upcoming games Basketball games begin with junior varsity girls, who start at 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted. North Lincoln does not have a JV girls team, so its games begin with…

Men get 5 years for cocaine

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two men busted for possessing just less than half a kilogram of cocaine inside their vehicle last year on U.S. 321 in Lincoln County recently received a more than five-year sentence for drug crimes, narcotics investigators said. Chad Bernard Beatty, 37, of 166 Ridge Valley Drive…

Ladies lead in Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Over the past century, women have made significant strides in obtaining gender equality in the political, social and career realms. While some may struggle with gender discrimination today, the women of Lincoln County’s School Board have refused to let such obstacles impede their journey to becoming…

Adopt-a-Grandparent program brings joy to the elderly from across the nation

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton resident Kimberly Perkins and her Mary Kay family worked together this holiday season to adopt 1,000 “grandparents” living in nursing homes and rest home facilities across the country. The 24-year-old West Lincoln High School graduate, also known by friends, family and co-workers as…

Sheriff’s Office releases a new vehicle description for at-large armed robber

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies are still on the hunt for an armed robber who took money from a Lincoln County restaurant on Sunday. Based on video surveillance, officers said a 5-foot-10 black male with a slender build and dressed in all black clothing entered the Cookout restaurant on N.C.…

There’s no business like the Christmas tree farm business for Helms Farm

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For many Americans, the Christmas season brings the return of many family traditions. One of the most popular traditions involves the selecting and decorating of a Christmas tree. Some find their trees at a Lowe’s or a Home Depot, while others opt for a more authentic…

Deputies: Man with gun on the loose after robbing fast food eatery

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer  Deputies said a man used a handgun to threaten the manager at an eastern Lincoln County fast food eatery Sunday morning before stealing money from the store safe and fleeing the property. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is still on the hunt for the armed robber,…

NLHS band director named best in state

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer North Lincoln High School Director of Bands Neil Underwood has come a long way in his music career since his elementary school days when he bought his first instrument to impress a girl. The 31-year veteran of the education field recently celebrated one of the highlights…

Rest home resident sets herself on fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A woman suffered life-threatening injuries Wednesday after fire officials said she set herself on fire at a Lincoln County rest home. Emergency Medical Services rushed Alisa Ault, 51, to Carolina’s Medical Center-Lincoln, where first-responders then airlifted her to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, for…

Christian Ministry hands out food, toys

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Hundreds of families and volunteers flocked to Christian Ministry Thursday as the organization unloaded wheelbarrows full of food items and trash bags packed with new toys. The annual Christmas fundraiser, which fell more than $20,000 short of last year’s total, nonprofit officials said, is just as…