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Residents near busy Hwy. 73 eye plans for future

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DENVER — Virginia Luke and her husband moved from a trailer in Charlotte to seven acres of land off Caswell Road in 1975. Looking over maps taped to the walls of Catawba Springs Elementary School’s cafeteria Wednesday, Luke traced with her finger plans for the future of N.C. 73. The…

County to honor Warren

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Lincoln County will honor one of its most respected public servants Sunday by renaming the Citizens Center in Lincolnton in his honor. The formal dedication of the James W. Warren Citizens Center, 115 W. Main St., will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. A reception will follow. The Lincoln County…

Wind-whipped brush fires keep crews busy

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A fire burned an acre off Ingleside Road Wednesday. Forestry officials say conditions are right for brush fires and urge residents to be careful when burning debris. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo A discarded cigarette is being blamed for a fire that burned close to an acre of land in…

Skull found in shed

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CROUSE — Authorities with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the discovery of a skull found in a western Lincoln County shed late last week. The skull was found in an open garage-type shed behind a house on Old Lincolnton-Crouse road Friday by a woman who recently rented the…

Downtown gunfire sparks chase

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Lincolnton Police Chief Dean Abernathy (back left) and Detective Tony Hallman stand with Sherry Moncree following the shooting Thursday on Main Street. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News Police are still looking for a Cherryville man who is charged with the attempted murder of his estranged wife and her daughter following…

Class enjoys teacher-poet

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Denver Charter School teacher Amber Daugherty helps her student Bejamin Catoe. Daugherty, who teaches the third grade, spends free time writing poetry. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News DENVER — Writing poetry doesn’t always fit easily into a teacher’s hectic lifestyle, but Amber Daugherty has learned how to sneak it in.…

ER sees many poison victims

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Every day, cautious parents take steps to keep their children safe — watching them closely as they play outside, strapping them securely into safety seats and making sure they get the right vitamins and nutrients. It’s easy to sometimes forget about hidden dangers just within arm’s reach of many children.…

First steps taken to ‘paperless’ court

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Ryan Reed and Beverly Gregory with the Administrative Office of the Courts were at the Lincoln County Courthouse Thursday training clerks on the new eCitation system. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo Clerks at the Lincoln County Courthouse were trained last week on a new program that will save time and…

Students drill for Battle of the Books

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East Lincoln Middle School students (left to right) Cooper Hart, Laurel Johnson and Angel Becerra practice for the regional competition of Battle of the Books. Most team members have read at least 20 books in preparation for the competition. Sarah Grano/ Lincoln Times-News Bookworms with a competitive edge have found…

Ex-police chief charged

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CHERRYVILLE — A former Cherryville police chief was charged Saturday with stalking and communicating threats. James Chandler Woodard, 59, of 1502 Lincolnton highway allegedly made harassing phone calls and followed Cherryville resident Lori Gillis during the weekend. He also allegedly damaged Gillis’ friend’s car. Cherryville Police went to Gillis’ residence…