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‘Teens for Jeans’ project to aid area’s homeless

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One local high school club is working to change the community one pair of jeans at a time. East Lincoln High School’s Project UNIFY club, the Mustang Project Club, is collecting new and used pairs of jeans until Sunday to be donated to local…

Artist’s work to be featured at local cafe

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Some could call Lincoln County native Gretchen Robinson a jack of all trades since her 40-year career has included newspaper and broadcast television writing, teaching, independent filmmaking and photography and company CEO, but of all the “hats” she’s worn, she told the Times-News that…

SBI called in as arson suspected in string of Lincoln County fires

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        JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     The State Bureau of Investigation’s Arson Team has been called in to assist Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives and the Fire Marshal’s Office regarding three mysterious blazes since December, two of which occurred at unoccupied homes on the same eastern county…

Ash ceremony begins season of faith

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    Churches unite to observe start of Lent JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Community members gathered on Ash Wednesday for Lincoln County’s annual Community Lenten Series kickoff luncheon and worship service, held this year at First United Methodist Church in Lincolnton, to strengthen their faith and prepare their spirits for…

Restaurant set to bring 90 new jobs

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  Ray Gora / Lincoln TImes-News   SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Details were revealed Thursday about the highly anticipated restaurant taking over the site of the former Ryan’s on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. Homesteads Grill and Taphouse is set to open in early March, following extensive renovations over…

Maiden Police say break-in response turns up meth lab

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Catawba County authorities arrested three suspects after they uncovered a meth lab Tuesday at a Maiden residence a short distance north of the Lincoln County while they were investigating another crime, Maiden police said. Officers were in the process of investigating a breaking and…

School Board moves forward with security steps

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Education is one step closer to approving safety enhancements at Lincoln County Schools. Following a unanimous vote during the School Board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, Executive Director of Facilities Darrell Gettys will proceed with gathering bids for proposed…

Firefighters battle outbuilding blaze

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Nearly 20 Lincoln County firefighters responded to an outbuilding blaze Saturday afternoon in Denver, an incident that the Fire Marshal’s Office deemed accidental in nature, fire officials said. The incident occurred just after noon on Wildwood Trail in Denver and resulted in a total…

Allegations nurse stole narcotics from hospital under investigation

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and State Bureau of Investigation have teamed up to investigate allegations that a former nurse at Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln stole prescription pills from the hospital earlier this year. The Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the Gaston County woman’s name…

Supply shortage brings halt to testing for TB

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Health Department announced Tuesday that it will be unable to provide routine tuberculin skin testing until further notice, following a manufacturer’s shortage of Tubersol. The North Carolina Tuberculosis Program is recommending that all local health departments prioritize the testing to include…