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County unemployment rate dropped in March

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County, along with 98 others, saw a decrease in its unemployment rate in March, according to new figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Wednesday. From February to March, Lincoln County’s unemployment rate dropped almost a whole percentage point from…

Man charged with sex crimes

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Gaston County man is accused of engaging in sexual activity with a teen girl last year in Lincoln County, deputies said. Jeffrey Scott Callahan, 47, of the 200 block of Creekside Court in Bessemer City, is behind Gaston County bars under a $900,000…

Apple Fest t-shirt design winner picked

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Apple Festival may be months away, but preparations are already beginning, with a winner for the annual event’s T-shirt design contest announced this week. Halee Good, a 23-year-old graphic designer, has been selected by the Apple Festival Board for her entry into…

Locals gather for Day of Prayer

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Locals gathered at the Lincoln County courthouse Thursday morning to pray for their community and country as part of National Day of Prayer. “I’m not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ,” Lincolnton resident Paula McSwain said after gathering for several minutes with the group in a…

Ugandan youth choir makes local stop

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A youth choir of Ugandan orphans called Ugandan Thunder will be performing a special concert Sunday at Salem Baptist Church in Lincoln County as part of the group’s nearly year-long, nationwide tour. According to Lincolnton native and 2004 East Lincoln High School graduate Michelle…

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School Board selects attorney, votes on budget request

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Members of the Lincoln County Board of Education came to a decision on two long-discussed issues during a special-called meeting Monday night. After interviewing four potential candidates to become the group’s new attorney, a majority of the board voted to stick with Campbell Shatley,…

City to vote on permit for downtown bar

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A proposed bar in downtown Lincolnton will be up for discussion during Thursday’s City Council meeting, with a public hearing scheduled before a vote on the matter. As the Times-News previously reported, Bryan McClure, who owns motorcycle repair shop Iron Station Thunder, is seeking…

Happy Tails Rescue helping to find homes for abandoned dogs

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    Rescue holds monthly adoptions in Lincolnton     JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton resident LaDonna Mabe has been rescuing dogs her entire life, but it wasn’t until a year ago this spring, she started her own official rescue group, Happy Tails Rescue, Inc., which she operates out of…

Zippers owner dies unexpectedly

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     The owner of a well-known Lincolnton eatery died Monday afternoon after suffering a brain aneurysm earlier that morning, friends said. Lester Ralph Rudisill, 56, of 115 Jonas Drive in Lincolnton, who owned Zippers Restaurant & Lounge in Lincolnton, passed away at Carolinas…