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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…

New Maiden town manager excited about job

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MAIDEN — Todd Clark will be taking over the position of Maiden town manager April 14. Clark is currently the town manager in the town of Catawba where he has been for four years. He will leave his position April 6. Clark said he has no hard feelings toward the…

Native son to deliver Lincoln letters to memorial

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On May 29, veterans of World War II can finally reflect on a memorial built in their honor. Thomas Hovis, a native of Lincoln County who lives in Virginia, plans on attending the dedication ceremony in Washington DC, and he hopes to bring a piece of his hometown with him.…

P&R camp targets middle school kids

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If it’s up to the staff of Lincolnton/Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, middle school students won’t be spending their summer days at home without supervision. “There’s a lot of concern from parents of middle school students who aren’t quite ready to leave their children alone,” said Erma Deen Hoyle, director…

Meetings to focus on N.C. 73

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Cars and trucks make their way up a stretch of N.C. 73 Thursday. A meeting unveiling plans for the road’s future will be held Wednesday. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News Plans for the future of N.C. 73 will be unveiled Wednesday at one of three public meetings in the area.…

Shop for anything at auction

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These wood items handmade by local artist Bob Hodges will be auctioned off at the Annual Lincoln County Rotary Auction. Hodges, who has had family members benefit from the Rotary Club’s low interest college loans, was happy to donate his work. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News Those in need of…

United Way tops goal of $460,000

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Even though it has just finished its 2003 campaign, the United Way of Lincoln County has already set its focus on the future. “I think we have untapped potential in this community,” said Brad Guth, the organization’s new president. The United Way of Lincoln County had a landmark year. Participants…

Failed landing gear prompts airport scare

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Firefighters and airport officials look over a plane that had a bumpy landing Thursday at the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Regional Airport. No one was injured. Diane Turbyfill / Lincoln Times-News A small airplane had to make an emergency landing at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport Thursday morning after the pilot failed…

Schools drill for weather crisis

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Second-graders at Catawba Springs Elementary School take part in a tornado drill Wednesday as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News Students at schools across the county crouched in hallways with their hands over their heads Wednesday as part of the state’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.…

Warp Knit finds niche in ‘pain checker’ products

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Pain Checker products include gloves, socks and wrist bands. Material for the items is manufactured at Lincolnton’s Warp Knit Mills. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News It was 1996, and Arthur Goldberg had no idea what was about to hit him. His company — the Crystal Textile Group based in Ft.…