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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…

Court Street Grille celebrates 10 years

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A staple of downtown Lincolnton is celebrating its 10th anniversary today. Court Street Grille opened its doors a decade ago, and the popular restaurant has seen a lot of success, and change, since then. For starters, the number of employees has more than tripled,…

FBI raids former Cherryville chief’s home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the home of Cherryville’s former police chief on Friday. Shelley Lynch, public affairs specialist for the FBI’s Charlotte Division, said Friday the agency was at the Carolina Drive residence in Cherryville “engaged in investigative activity.” However, Lynch would…

Student runs away from local elementary school

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County school officials said they have implemented better safety measures at a local elementary school after a seven-year-old student left the campus without teachers’ knowledge on Wednesday and traveled more than half a mile down the road. The Times-News sought answers about the incident from…

Vale man charged with animal abuse

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A western Lincoln County man attached a donkey to his vehicle and dragged the animal down an area roadway Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies charged Richard Ricky Hudson, 68, of 3120 Frank Cline Road in Vale, with one misdemeanor count of conveying animals in a…

Local Dems elect officers

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Democratic Party recently elected new officers for the next two years during its county convention. Chair Deanna McGinnis was re-elected to lead the party for the 2013-2015 term, along with Ross Bulla as vice chair, Jennie Allen as second vice chair, Demery Williams…