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County cancels longstanding contract with volunteer rescuers

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The end of an era came Monday night as the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously during its meeting to officially terminate its contract with the Lincoln County Lifesaving Crew. The volunteer technical-rescue service and backup ambulatory group had served locally for more than 50 years, and…

Fire destroys home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Flames destroyed a one-story brick home in Lincolnton Tuesday afternoon, leaving firefighters puzzled. Crews with South Fork, Lincolnton and Crouse Fire Departments responded around 1:30 p.m. to the smokey scene at 1638 Roseland Drive, fire officials said. Fire was still shooting through the roof of the…

Floodwaters hit Lincoln County

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Hickory man’s bond increased over Cherryville rape, break-in charges

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A judge increased a Hickory man’s bond following a first appearance Monday in Gaston County after Cherryville police said he raped and strangled a local woman over the weekend, sending her to a Lincolnton hospital. Phillip Nathaniel Link, 39, of 102 1st Avenue Northeast,…

Board of Education presents budget request to County Commissioners

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Education officially presented its proposed budget to the Board of Commissioners Monday night, though whether the amount requested is eventually granted remains to be seen. As the Times-News previously reported, School Board members finalized during a meeting last week…

Fruit of the vine

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Woodmill Winery in Vale hosted its annual Muscadine Jubliee Festival and Vineyard Blessing on Saturday. The event featured over 50 vendors, live entertainment and square dancing and a children’s area. Food for the event was provided by several local nonprofits including Ta Ta’s, the Lincoln Explorers and the Lions Club.…

County to consider severing ties with livesavers

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will consider officially terminating its contract with the Lincoln County Lifesaving Crew during its meeting tonight, following the group ceasing operations last Sunday after more than 50 years of service. As the Times-News previously reported, members of the volunteer…

Deputies seize $40k of pot in Denver drug bust

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County SWAT officers busted down the door of a Denver residence late Thursday night and served a search warrant that led to the arrest of two men for alleged cocaine and marijuana possession, the Sheriff’s Office said. The raid concluded a…

Man dies in wreck

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   At least one person has died following a head-on collision Thursday night on the county’s eastern end, troopers said. According to Trooper C. Cline with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Gary Errickson, 47, was killed just before 9:20 p.m. after his 1998 Honda…

Lincoln Charter gets grants to improve traffic safety on Denver campus

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  LTN Staff Reports   Lincoln Charter received two State Farm grants this month to both increase campus traffic safety and promote safe driving among all state teens, according to a State Farm press release. The school plans to use the $10,000 Good Neighbor Citizenship grant to establish a Teen…