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Pumpkin Center VFD breaks ground for new station

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department recently broke ground on a new station, according to department chief Shaun Drum. It’s taken six years for the project to turn into a reality, Drum noted. “We wanted to make sure everything was in order,” he said. Fire…

City to consider fireworks, roof service contracts

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council is set to consider various contracts and conduct zoning public hearings at its meeting Thursday night. City Manager Jeff Emory will present council members with each contract up for consideration, the last of which is one with East Coast Pyrotechnics…

Obituaries 1-2-12

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Lawrence H. Norwood Lawrence H. Norwood, 81, of Newton died Jan. 30, 2012. Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Startown. Burial will follow in Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery in Maiden. The family will receive friends today from 10 a.m.…

Criminal Charges 2-1-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests: Vincent Joseph Centro, 45, of 124 Skylight Ln. in Troutman was charged Jan. 28 with two-counts of failure to appear. A $300 secured bond was set. Joseph Mark Houser, 40, of 224 Hilltop Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Jan. 28 with…

Around Town 2-1-12

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  Groundhog Day The Lincoln County Groundhog Association will take part in their 40th annual “caroling” event 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The group will depart from City Hall. They also plan to present educational programs at 11:45 a.m. to students at S. Ray Lowder Elementary School. For more information on “caroling,”…

VFD, sheriff, EMS to share new facility

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Construction recently started on a new facility designed to serve as a new home for the Howards Creek Volunteer Fire Department and a second substation in western Lincoln County for the Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Services. According to Howards Creek Fire Chief Dusty Rudisill, the…

Fire destroys abandoned house

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Cause of last week’s blaze remains under investigation JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An abandoned house that had been in the process of being demolished was reduced to ashes Thursday evening in the western part of the county. Union Fire Department was the first engine to arrive on scene, responding to…

County to recognize retiring Harmon

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will begin its meeting tonight by recognizing Finance Director Leon Harmon, who is stepping down after 38 years with the county’s finance office. As the Times-News previously reported, County Manager George Wood announced Harmon’s retirement in November, saying he would…

Teen charged with death by vehicle

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A teen who was charged in the death of a North Lincoln High School student last year following a wreck in the northeastern part of the county is scheduled to appear in district court on Tuesday. Authorities said 16-year-old Travis Kennedy Cannon was driving…

Wolves down Knights 60-52

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Lincolnton moves to 10-0 in Southern Piedmont Conference play MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Writer PUMPKIN CENTER — The Lincolnton Wolves jumped out to a 17-13 first-quarter lead over the North Lincoln Knights on Friday, a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish on their way to a 60-52 Southern Piedmont Conference win. The…