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Hospital building expansion

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln recently broke ground on a new medical office designed to expand the range of services the hospital currently offers. The expansion will provide space for 35 physicians in 13 specialties to meet growing community needs on the CMC-Lincoln campus, according to…

Deputies say surveillance leads to narcotics charges

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Sheriff’s narcotics investigators were successful in apprehending two Lincoln County men and one Gaston County man on drug-related charges Monday night after searching a residence and completing two surveillance operations, officers said. Deputies arrested Phillip Lawrence Byers, 42, of 228 Bessemer City Road in…

Festival of trees kicks off

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Bright lights and ornaments will cover 112 trees, while the smell of homemade cookies lingers in the air of the former Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln hospital building this week, as the Arts Council of Lincoln County’s Festival of Trees event kicks off its second year.…

Ushering in the season in Lincolnton

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Police arrest two LHS students in separate break-ins

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two Lincolnton High School students were charged last week with breaking into two Lincolnton residences earlier this month in separate incidents, police said. On Tuesday, officers arrested Bradley Omar Gonzalez, 17, of 128 Nicholson Rd. in Lincolnton, for allegedly breaking into a home on…

Cooperative Extension agent leaving for Virginia

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Four years after Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Director Kevin Starr “took a chance” on area agriculture agent Libby Yarber, the 28-year-old is returning north to her home town in Virginia to pursue a job opportunity. Yarber will take on a role at a agriculture…

Driver faces DWI charge after crash sends 2 to ER

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A head-on collision Wednesday night east of Lincolnton sent two women to the hospital with critical injuries, state troopers said. Lorrie Beech, of Lincolnton, was rounding a curb while traveling west on N.C. 27 East, near Sunny Hill Drive, when her vehicle ran…

Come, ye thankful people, come

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Hundreds have Thanksgiving at soup kitchen JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “It’s a restaurant for Jesus,” Christian Ministry’s Soup Kitchen Coordinator Jackie Casey told the Times-News on Wednesday. She and other local volunteers rushed around the Lincolnton facility cooking and plating food for the nonprofit organization’s annual Thanksgiving meal, which they…

Changes would slash local arts, music classes

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer The 2013-2014 school year will face some curriculum changes, as courses are deleted, changed and added to the area high schools registration guide next year. A High School Curriculum Committee, comprised of assistant principals, guidance counselors and other education officials, has been meeting to discuss revisions…

Sunday’s parade, lighting of community tree launch holiday season locally

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer With turkey and mashed potato leftovers from Thanksgiving now filling the tables of Lincoln County residents, Christmas season is officially here, and the Downtown Development Association plans to ring in the happy holiday with its annual parade on Sunday. Both the eastern and western ends of…