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Santa Claus is coming to town

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Rich Rice was standing in line at a Maiden Food Lion nearly two years ago when he received the invitation to attend Santa school. His friend and Santa mentor, Cliff Snider, also known as “Cliff Kringle,” called Rice about the opportunity. Snider has not…

Emmanuel celebrates 100 years

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Emmanuel Reformed Church of Lincolnton recently celebrated a significant milestone — the 100th anniversary of its current worship facility. While the church building was not erected until 1913, for the low cost of under $10,000, members met as early as 1785 in area homes,…

Putnam: Felon cast ballot in city election

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A woman with a felony record illegally voted in Lincoln County this month, Board of Elections officials said. According to BOE Director Bradley Putnam, the individual, a registered Democrat, cast a ballot on Oct. 23. The woman has not been charged with a crime at this…

Lincolnton man charged with federal drug offense

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man, among nearly 30 individuals charged by federal officials Tuesday for drug trafficking and illegal firearm possession, faces a possible 40-year prison sentence, the United States Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s Western district said. Currently in state custody, Kerston Deshawn Edwards, 24, was indicted…

Hesed House set to open for season

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Hesed House of Hope, the county’s only homeless shelter, is set to open a month early this year due to the season’s premature dip in temperatures and the area’s rising homeless population. The shelter, which has housed between one and 18 homeless individuals at once over…

Taking in the Rail Trail sights

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Niece shares memories of late LTN staff writer

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Former Lincoln Times-News reporter Rachel Blanche Hartsoe Houser passed away on Oct. 1. Two weeks away from her 94th birthday, Houser played a significant role in both Lincoln and Gaston counties’ reporting fields. Her niece Judy Gilbert sat down with the Times-News to share the impact…

Robotics program challenges Lincoln County students

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The time spent between school hours and homework can be filled with a variety of activities, ranging from sports to the arts to volunteering. But these Lincoln County middle and elementary school students are spending their afternoons programming and designing the future with robotic technology. In…

Board of Education works to resolve Asbury dilemma

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The debate over the future of one Lincoln County school is set to continue early next month. Members of the Board of Education will be meeting Nov. 5 to discuss what actions need to be taken to improve Asbury Alternative School.  The Times-News previously reported on…

Blood drive organizers receive scholarships

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Local mother Karla Lopez, 26, wants the best for her 18-month-old son Sebastian, and pursuing a college degree is exactly how she plans to fulfill that goal, she said. Considered a young mother in her Hispanic community, the Hickory resident plans to register for more courses…