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Naish becomes new pastor at First Christian

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While Lincoln County organic gardener Kathy Naish became an ordained pastor in 2007, obtaining a seminary degree from Gardner-Webb University’s School of Divinity, it wasn’t until this summer that she accepted a position as head pastor of a local church. Naish previously served as Pastor of…

McDonald’s gets zoning green light

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A second McDonald’s restaurant is one step closer to coming to Lincolnton, following a vote recommending approval from the city’s Planning Board Tuesday afternoon. The board voted unanimously to support approval of the fast-food chain’s request for a conditional-use rezoning of property on which to construct…

Police: Autopsy in death investigation suggests natural causes

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Times-News Staff Police said Tuesday afternoon they have ruled out homicide in the case of a 39-year-old woman whose body was found late Monday in her Lincolnton apartment. Police and the State Bureau of Investigation began an investigation, but officers told the Times-News on Tuesday that the preliminary conclusion from…

Fire destroys Lincolnton family’s home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A mother and her two children found themselves homeless after a blazedestroyed their house late Sunday afternoon on the city’s southwestern end. The Crouse Fire Department responded between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. asthe primary agency at the White Street home with mutual assistance from firecrews…

Reader’s Forum — 8-20-12

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Biden’s ‘chains’ comments ironic Recently on the campaign trail, Joe Biden told a Virginia audience that Republicans wanted to put them back in chains. The allusion to slavery is rather ironic, given Biden’s support for raising taxes, especially for higher-income earners. Slavery is defined as non-ownership of one’s person and…

Around Town — 8-20-12

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Blood drives The American Red Cross will host two Lincolnton blood drives: 2-6:30 p.m. today at Walgreens, 1230 E. Main St., and 2:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Abernathy Chevrolet, 1445 E. Main St. Camp meeting The 2012 Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting will be Monday through Sunday at Lincoln County’s Tucker Grove…

Criminal charges — 8-20-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Ashley Elizabeth Lane, 19, of 1235 Rosehill Dr. in Lincolnton was charged Aug. 16 with one count of simple assault. No bond was set. Christopher Michael Cockerlinem, 27, of 176 Hoffman Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Aug. 16 with one count…

Defense lawyer says she’s in dark on details

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Murder suspect’s attorney: Too early to discuss plea JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A month after a double homicide shocked Lincolnton, the attorney of the man charged with the crime tells the Times-News that she has yet to see one case document. “I don’t even have the first page of a…

Getting a close-up look at local farms

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Tour takes trip to area farms AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer A handful of packed vans, and a string of vehicles following closely behind made their way around Lincoln and Catawba counties last week during Lincoln County Cooperative Extension’s farm tour. The four-stop route wrapped up Farm City Week — an…

Lincoln among counties in regional economic survey

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Citizens from 17 counties in the Charlotte region, including Lincoln County, are invited to participate in a survey about the local economy. Part of a joint effort between the Centralina Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the survey is seeking input in order…