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Deputies bust first meth lab of 2014

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives said they unearthed the first two meth labs of 2014 — one going up in flames — while investigating a case related to property crimes Friday on the county’s western end. Upon arriving on scene along N.C. 10 in Vale,…

Cemetary project unearths headstones, family’s history

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Ramsey family, LCHA preserving graveyard in Lincolnton JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer One South Carolina family with Lincoln County roots is on the hunt for long lost relatives’ graves at an abandoned county cemetery. With assistance from volunteers and employees with the Lincoln County Historical Association & Museum (LCHA), the Ramsey…

Commissioners to hear zoning requests

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners expects to hear several public zoning requests tonight at their first meeting of the new year. American Tower Corporation is requesting a conditional use permit to erect a 195-foot wireless communications tower in the Ironton Township. The proposed site is on…

MinuteClinic opens at Lincolnton CVS

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Staff report A CVS pharmacy store in Lincolnton is now offering its customers health clinic services. The MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinic opened its doors last week at CVS pharmacy’s 1403 E Main Street location. According to a company press release, this is the 27th MinuteClinic established in the Charlotte area…

The artist at work at Gallery 27

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Deputies: Local men caught with heroin

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies uncovered at least four ounces of heroin during a traffic stop Friday afternoon east of Lincolnton. Both Camden Michael Nolen, 30, of the 6000 block of Nolen Acres in Lincolnton and Jordan Ray Vanzandt, 21, of 5693 Nora Drive in Iron Station, were arrested in…

Man injured when cannon explodes

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man’s homemade cannon exploded in his face during a New Year’s celebration, sending him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Timothy Crouse Hester was with family and friends around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday when the black-powdered device went off,…

Handmade dulcimers make a sweet sound

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton resident Frank Brown likes knowing he can take a piece of wood that would have otherwise been cut up or used to build a barn, he said, and turn it into an object that produces a beautiful sound. For the last eight years, the 72-year-old…

Carolina Trust Bank names new CEO

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Staff report Lincolnton-based Carolina Trust Bank has appointed a new President and CEO to head their company. The bank’s Board of Director’s announced on Dec. 26 they had appointed Jerry L. Ocheltree to begin the position Jan. 1. In a press release, Chairman of the Board of Directors Johnathan Rhyne,…

Man singled out in report as ‘disappointment’ wants explanation

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Downtown Development Association is under fire after a controversial staff report left one Lincoln County resident irate. In the association’s Nov. 26th report received by the Times-News, Business and Community Development Director Brad Guth released a staff report outlining the successes, disappointments and upcoming events…