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Graduation day for class of 2012

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Lincoln Times-News photographers fanned out Saturday to the four Lincoln County public high school graduation events. The caps fly in a last hoorah at West Lincoln.   The reception of a diploma inspires Major Kay to give a touchdown dance on the field at North Lincoln.…

Tractor Supply has plans for old Wal-Mart

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Murphy Oil also seeks permit; but Fred’s Super Dollar to close SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The former Wal-Mart building in Lincolnton may soon be home to new business yet again. Tractor Supply Company has submitted a site plan and received a zoning permit to operate a store in the former…

Deputies: Man admits killing woman found in burned-out vehicle

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Catawba man has confessed to killing a young woman who was found dead inside a burned-out car northwest of Sherrills Ford on Thursday morning, deputies said. Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid confirmed with the Times-News on Friday that Jermaine Wilkes, 32, of 2282 Edna Street,…

Fawn rehabbers cope with mounting costs

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Vale resident Cletus Brown’s love for animals has prompted him to care for a variety of animals over the years, including pit bulls and ducks and currently deer, but with the recent economic slump, he’s in jeopardy of not renewing his fawn rehabilitator’s license for another…

School Board to set price increase schedule for lunches

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer A plan for how a school lunch price increase will be executed will be determined at Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting – a topic that continues to have board members divided. Last month’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting opened the floor for discussion on how…

Sheriff’s auction raises more than $6K for Lincoln County schools

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office raised more than $6,000 last week following an auction of unclaimed property, some of which had been stored at the law enforcement headquarters for more than a decade. It was the first time in a number of years that the agency…

Wandering child leads to charges against couple

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police said they arrested a couple last week at a Lincolnton hotel for alleged drug use and child abuse. Lincolnton Police Detective Mark Sain said officers were drawn to the Comfort Inn in Lincolnton Thursday after spotting a 2-year-old boy wandering in the parking lot. Both…

FBI says white powder a hoax

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have determined there was nothing toxic about a white powder mailed to a Maiden church last week. Several area news media outlets reported Friday that despite a scare at Providence Baptist Church Thursday morning, after someone mailed a letter to the…

Library set to kick off summer reading program

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Public Library will kick off its annual summer reading programs for children and teens on Tuesday night. During the Opening Night Family Program, which will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton, children and teens will have the chance to…

Criminal Charges — 6/11/12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Seth Ross Seeber, 24, of 720 Clarks Creek Rd. in Lincolnton was charged June 6 with two counts of failure to appear and one count of failure to comply. A $1,245 cash bond was set. Dwyane Bercell Sledge Jr., whose age…