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Fire destroys home, sets off bullets, propane tank

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    Neighbor reports man fleeing site JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Area neighbors swiftly exited their homes Friday afternoon after they said they heard loud cracking noises in the area. The startling sounds echoed throughout the quiet, rural community as flames consumed bullets, a propane tank and every other possession…

School security on board agenda

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    FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Measures to enhance school security may receive final approval from the Lincoln County Board of Education during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Board members on the Building and Site Committee signed off last week on some changes to planned security improvements that had been…

Putnam chosen to lead county GOP for full term

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Republican Party re-elected Chairman Bradley Putnam to his post last week during the GOP’s county convention and precinct meetings. Local Republicans met Thursday evening at the Lincoln County Senior Center, also voting in the rest of their 2013-2015 board members. These…

Church prepares for trip bringing supplies to African villagers

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Prophetess Rosalind Bynum and eight other members of Without Walls Freedom Center in Lincolnton will be jetting off today to Cameroon, Africa, to deliver more than eight suitcases full of shoes and other necessary supplies to needy villagers. Since establishing the church a…

Deputies: Suspect sold hydroponic marijuana

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Undercover investigators with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office bought and sold drugs from a Lincolnton man for nearly a month before searching his residence and finding water-grown marijuana last week, the Sheriff’s Office said. Narcotics officers kicked in the door to Jarvis Lamont Jackson’s…

Council backs plans to revamp downtown by infilling property

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A preliminary glimpse at what could potentially be in store for the future of downtown Lincolnton received unanimous support to move forward from City Council members Thursday night. As the Times-News previously reported, the council has been looking into a proposed infill development site…

Thieves plague St. Dorothy’s

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Church officials at a Lincolnton worship facility told the Times-News Thursday that a thief has targeted the building twice this month. On both occasions, minimal amounts of money were stolen from the collection boxes at St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church, according to Father…

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Chamber launches TV campaign for ‘shop local’

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A new initiative by the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce hopes to bring attention to the organization’s “Shop Local” campaign by tapping into a different medium. For the first time, the Chamber recently began airing TV commercials, in partnership with Charter Media, in an…

Police: 2nd attempt to capture flight suspect fails

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Gaston County man believed to be armed and dangerous and wanted in three area counties, including Lincoln, took police on their second unsuccessful vehicular chase this month, which again ended at the South Carolina state border. Cramerton police failed to capture James Curtis…