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Vehicle used to tear up green at golf course

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police said vandals damaged portions of the golf course at a local country club Wednesday night. The incident took place at Lincoln Country Club, located at 2052 Country Club Road, according to a Lincolnton Police Department report. General Manager Jody Saunders told the Times-News…

Networking on the links

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Deal to allow open enrollment for schools put on hold

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   A state legislative committee has postponed taking action regarding a bill that would allow North Carolina students attend any public school in the state. Members of the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee voted last week to delay the bill, and said more study…

City hires new finance director

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  Staff report   A familiar face in the county’s public sector will soon be leading Lincolnton’s Finance Department. Steve Zickefoose, Assistant Superintendent for Business with Lincoln County Schools, has been selected to serve as the city’s Finance Director, according to city manager Jeff Emory. This comes only a month…

Motorcycle shop expands in downtown

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    Iron Station Thunder purchases next-door building as business grows ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   A motorcycle shop is making plans to expand its Lincolnton location. Since April 2012, Iron Station Thunder has been gaining business from motorcycle enthusiasts up and down the East Coast. The rise in popularity…

Former firefighter admits to stealing from departments

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  Keever   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A former eastern Lincoln County firefighter admitted in court this month to embezzling thousands of dollars in funds from two different fire departments where he worked, according to the Clerk of Court’s Office. Lee Thomas Keever, 36, of 7096 Kidville Road in…

East Lincoln Relay for Life to try again after storms cancel event

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    Details not yet set for follow-up celebration JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While heavy rain and winds forced East Lincoln Relay for Life officials to cancel the much-anticipated annual event on Friday for the first time since its inception, a second chance to walk for cancer victims and survivors…

District Dems to meet in Shelby

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  Staff report   Democratic delegates and citizens will gather in Shelby on Saturday for the annual convention of 10th Congressional District Democrats. Delegates from the seven counties in the 10th District are expected to attend. The district includes all of Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Polk and Rutherford counties and parts…

Narc reflects on career after being named Officer of the Year by local VFW

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s law enforcement meth expert reflected on his nearly 10-year career this month after being named the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 2014 officer of the year for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The Shipp-Lockman VFW Post 1706 in Lincolnton presented the award to…

Vale woman charged with theft of saddles from cowboy church

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  Minteer   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Vale woman accused of stealing saddles in January from a church in western Lincoln County has been placed behind bars, deputies said. Officers arrested Sylvia Juanita Minteer, 43, of 3627 Bridle Path Drive, on Saturday. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said…