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City Council mulls reorganizing Tourism Development Authority

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton City Council members vetted proposed changes to the city’s Tourism Development Authority board at a meeting Thursday night. During the August Tourism Development Authority meeting, City Manager Jeff Emory informed board members that the City of Lincolnton had received public notice from the State’s Treasurer’s…

Around Town

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TODAY Veterans Day Request Anyone owning a golf cart that would like to participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade by using it to transport veterans in the parade, please call Bill Ledford at Ledford’s Fabrics at (704) 732 – 0233 or (704) 735 – 7621. SATURDAY Craft Sale Messiah United…

Maiden woman faces county meth charges

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Staff report A Maiden woman is facing felony drug charges following a brief car chase with Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators on Thursday. Jennifer Irene Brown, 33, of 3594 Airport Road in Maiden, was arrested after investigators received a tip that she would be at a location on Campground…

Too close to a bombing in Saudi Arabia

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Al Cockerline told me about serving in the Air Force and being sent to Saudi Arabia. He had been in the service for 17 years and had never been sent anywhere like this. He told me that when he arrived in Saudi Arabia he was set…

Criminal Charges

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: David Gerome Gail, 47, of 249 S Crigler Street in Charlotte was charged Nov. 4 with one count each of driving while license revoked, failure to comply and driving while impaired. An unknown bond amount was set. Caleb Alan Dills, 18,…

Shelter officials: More than 130 animals to be euthanized today

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Local non-profit and animal rescue group Helping Animals to Survive is making a last-minute effort to save over 130 animals from being euthanized at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter today. According to an email sent out to rescue groups in the area from Assistant Shelter Supervisor…

Christian Ministries opens annual Christmas Fund

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Monday marked the kick-off for Christian Ministries’ annual Christmas Fund. The first ministry to be taken up by the South Poplar Street nonprofit, the yearly distribution of toys, food boxes and clothing to community members in need originally began with a few local churches. When the…

Court documents shed light on Ponzi scheme

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Iron Station resident Carl David Wright was recently sentenced to four years in Federal prison, following a ponzi scheme in which Wright stole over $1 million from clients utilizing his services as an unlicensed commodities investor. Wright was a former schoolteacher and resigned from his position…

City gives nod to long-term airport plan

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council members held a contentious discussion regarding a 40-year industrial vision project at their meeting Thursday night. Lincoln Economic Development Association Business Development Manager Crystal Gettys presented the long-term proposed industrial project to council members In a previous article, the Times-News reported that a…

Business Spotlight: Carolina Furniture Mart

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For long-time Lincolnton residents, Carolina Furniture Mart is known for offering quality furniture at affordable prices. Married for 54 years, Vale natives Pat and Bud Boyles co-own the store with their two sons, David and Stuart Boyles. “Our boys have been involved in the furniture business…