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Lincoln Co. Public Library invites public input on long-range plan

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Public Library will be hosting an open meeting Tuesday evening to give the public a chance to provide input on how it can best continue meeting the needs of local citizens in the future. As the Times-News previously reported, the system was selected…

Estate Jewelers celebrates 45 years

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Estate Jewelers, located on East Main Street in downtown Lincolnton, is marking its 45th anniversary this year. The store, which began as Old South Antiques in 1968, was originally located on South Academy Street. It was here that owners David and Carol Self first met, when…

Racing legend Trickle dies in apparent suicide

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Both the Lincoln County community and racing world lost a legend to suicide Thursday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office said. Richard “Dick” Trickle used a gun to kill himself just after 12 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, according to an agency press…

Lincoln County women helped build the bomb

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    Jenna-Ley Harrison Staff Writer   It was 1945 when Lincoln County childhood friends Julia Dee McLerd, Tillie Brooks and Katherine Sappenfield, each found themselves finished with a second year of college and looking for well-paying summer jobs. After talking to a local employee with the Employment Security Commission…

City Council holds budget work session

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council met Wednesday night to discuss City Manager Jeff Emory’s proposed 2013-2014 budget in more detail, with much of the meeting’s focus on continuing services while faced with decreasing revenues. Emory first presented the $28.2 million financial plan at the council’s…

Playing in the band

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Battle of Ramsour’s Mill festivities begin today

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The annual re-enactment of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill will take place this weekend, marking the 233rd anniversary of the historical American Revolutionary War event. Sponsored by the city of Lincolnton and Lincoln County, the re-enactment has free admission and includes period demonstrations of…

Brown takes pulpit at Emmanuel Reformed

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Prior to joining Emmanuel Reformed Church in Lincolnton last month as head pastor, Dr. Keith Brown toured the country performing a combination of comedy and magic. The Wilmington native served as a Christian illusionist. While his hobbies took him away from his church role…

Deputies nab three suspects in drug busts

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Narcotics officers uncovered a meth lab, a marijuana grow operation and an alcohol still in connection with two unrelated cases this month at county residences, the Sheriff’s Office said. On Monday, investigators said they seized 16 marijuana plants from a Diesel Drive residence in…

Castiel the pug wins the LTN’s “Cutest Pet Contest”

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Local dog Castiel the Pug beat out a dozen other Lincoln County pets this month, including a cat and horse, to win the title of the Times-News’ “Cutest Pet Contest.” The pup took in more than 120 votes. With his six-month birthday approaching…