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FBI raids former Cherryville chief’s home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the home of Cherryville’s former police chief on Friday. Shelley Lynch, public affairs specialist for the FBI’s Charlotte Division, said Friday the agency was at the Carolina Drive residence in Cherryville “engaged in investigative activity.” However, Lynch would…

Student runs away from local elementary school

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County school officials said they have implemented better safety measures at a local elementary school after a seven-year-old student left the campus without teachers’ knowledge on Wednesday and traveled more than half a mile down the road. The Times-News sought answers about the incident from…

Vale man charged with animal abuse

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A western Lincoln County man attached a donkey to his vehicle and dragged the animal down an area roadway Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies charged Richard Ricky Hudson, 68, of 3120 Frank Cline Road in Vale, with one misdemeanor count of conveying animals in a…

Local Dems elect officers

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Democratic Party recently elected new officers for the next two years during its county convention. Chair Deanna McGinnis was re-elected to lead the party for the 2013-2015 term, along with Ross Bulla as vice chair, Jennie Allen as second vice chair, Demery Williams…

ELHS hosts Relay for Life

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Hundreds gather for all-night event JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Hundreds of area residents gathered together at East Lincoln High School’s Relay for Life event Friday evening to remember both the lives lost and lives saved from cancer in connection with the American Cancer Society’s 100th Birthday. “We pray for an…

Local pols attend Senior Center event

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County’s delegation to the North Carolina General Assembly was in town Friday for the Aging at Home Advocacy Day event at the Senior Center. N.C. Rep. Jason Saine and Sen. David Curtis were invited to attend the event, which is recognized statewide and designed, said…

Students to Adopt-a-Cop

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The 24th Anniversary of the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Adopt-A-Cop picnic will take place Wednesday at Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton as the county’s 1,000-plus second-graders come together to spend time interacting and learning from local law enforcement officers, military personnel, firefighters and other first responders. The…

Rock Springs students raise $55,000

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Soldier’s homecoming surprises niece

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Kaitlyn Parker, a second grader at Union Elementary School in Vale, thought her favorite uncle would be returning home from Kuwait on Saturday. But much to her surprise, he popped out of a school closet Wednesday in front of her entire class.…

School Board to interview four attorney candidates

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer     The Lincoln County Board of Education will meet in a special-called session Monday evening to conduct interviews as part of its search for a new attorney. As the Times-News previously reported, School Board members said at their April 9 regular meeting that a…