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Christian Ministry Christmas Fund lagging behind past years

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While a total of 15 Lincoln County schools participated in the school system’s annual canned food fundraiser for Christian Ministry this season, donating more than 20,000 items, organization officials said the nonprofit remains thousands of dollars behind compared to the Christmas Fund total this time last…

Suspect shot by cops released from hospital

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Mecklenburg County man whom deputies said tried to rob a Denver pharmacy before engaging in a shootout with officers on Thursday will make a first appearance in district court today. Tyler Cameron Kennedy, 23, of 10515 Paces Avenue, Apt. 1826, in Matthews, remains behind Lincoln…

Denver brings in Christmas season with annual parade

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Denver Defense nears construction start

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Construction will soon be underway for Lincoln County’s first upscale indoor shooting range facility. The Times-News previously reported that the County Board of Commissioners unanimously signed their approval for the shooting range after a public hearing at their August meeting. The request was passed…

Local student becomes Eagle Scout

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer West Lincoln High School senior Dustin Hawn comes from a long line of Boy Scouts, influenced by the past examples of his father and grandfather. Following a November ceremony, the 17-year-old celebrated his Eagle Scout honor, nearly nine months after troop leaders approved his project idea…

Deputies shoot, injure suspect

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies shot and injured a 23-year-old Mecklenburg County man in eastern Lincoln County Thursday afternoon after the suspect, who tried to rob a local pharmacy earlier in the day, first fired two shots at officers, the Sheriff’s Office said. Tyler Cameron Kennedy, of 10515 Paces Avenue,…

Newly elected city officials sworn in

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council members honored their election winners — two incumbent council members and a newly elected councilman — during the swearing in ceremony at their meeting Thursday night. “I am looking forward to doing some great things with this council, things that will make Lincolnton…

Preparing to play a Christmas tune

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Man will not serve prison time for accidental deaths

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A judge deemed Thursday that an eastern Lincoln County man would not serve prison time in the April death of his daughter and nephew. Judge Ali Paksoy determined there was not enough probable cause to convict Jordan Keely Arwood, 32, of involuntary manslaughter. Arwood was charged…

Woman accused of stealing from Good Samaritan

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Denver woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in coins, cash and ammunition from a man she and her husband were staying with at the time, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Nadine Marie Gearhart, 38, of 2325 McCloud Street, stole at least $5,000…