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Police: Sting catches restaurant owner moonlighting as prostitute

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton police teamed up with two neighboring agencies to carry out a sting operation this week at a city hotel, resulting in the arrest of a Shelby restaurant owner for soliciting an undercover officer for sex. Officers charged Elizabeth Ann Winter, 54, of 103 Leesburg Court…

40th Apple Festival set for Saturday

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer As vendors set up their tables, apple pies are carefully taken out of the oven in the Cooperative Extension kitchen, Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Melinda Houser reflects on 40 years ago — when she first presented the idea of an…

Furniture company opens its doors

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Owner Bruce Cochrane says verdict still out on venture after a year, with hurdles including difficult regulatory climate, but company expects to grow, remains dedicated to furniture ‘Made in America’ SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincolnton Furniture Company hosted an open-house celebration Wednesday morning, more than a year after owner and…

2 die after pickup runs off road in Vale

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Troopers said speed was at least one of the contributing factors in a wreck that left two people dead Wednesday afternoon on N.C. 10 in the northwestern corner of Lincoln County. Larry Cook, 42, of 2743 Lynn Mountain View Road in Vale, and Eric Timothy Hicks,…

Candidates for U.S. Congress respond to questions

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LTN Staff reports Lincoln County voters will be deciding this fall on which candidates for a range of federal, state and local offices they want to represent them. The Lincoln Times-News is surveying those office-seekers with questions related to issues they are likely to face if elected. Their answers will…

Schools aim to create strategy for ‘globally competitive’ students

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Globally competitive students who are taught by 21st-century professionals in a classroom where new technologies are used, are part of the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan for Lincoln County Schools (LCS) that was discussed at the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night. Superintendent Sherry Hoyle, Assistant Superintendents Elaine…

Obituaries — 9-14-12

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Lois England MAIDEN — Lois England, age 81, of 2261 Maiden-Salem Road in Maiden, died on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. today at Marvin United Methodist Church with Rev. James Tate officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends…

Lincoln celebrates apple harvest

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Take away the reason for sneezing and many of us welcome the fall season. There’s beauty in autumn that cannot be found any other time of the year. Autumn also means it’s time for the Lincoln County Apple Festival when we celebrate the apple harvest with…

Criminal Charges — 9-14-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Charles Lee Curtis Parshall, 28, of 702 20th Ave. in Middletown, Ohio, was charged Sept. 11 with one count of communicating threats. A $4,000 secured bond was set. Jerry Wayne Benfield, 44, of 1400 N. Davis Ave. in Newton was charged…

Around Town — 9-14-12

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FRIDAY Union VFD meeting Residents of the Union VFD (Vale) district can now view copies of the agency’s updated bylaws at Hampton’s Grocery and Service Station, Cat Square Superette and Union VFD. Residents will be able to vote on the laws at an annual meeting on Oct. 15 at the…