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Family marks 150th anniversary of the death of General Ramseur

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Descendants, historians and war re-enactors gathered together in Middletown, Virginia on Oct. 20 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death near there of Lincoln County native and Confederate Major General Stephen Dodson Ramseur. Erected in 1920, the monument to Ramseur was placed by the North…

Senate candidate Tillis coming to local GOP rally

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Staff report The Lincoln County Republican Party announced on Thursday that U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis will be attending the party’s “Take Back America Rally” at North Lincoln High School on Saturday. “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to have as our special guest U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis,”…

New director has big plans for city’s Business and Community Development department

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The city’s new Business and Community Development director has big dreams for Lincolnton. A Michigan native, Vickie Davis is planting her roots in North Carolina after spending 13 years working with Main Street organizations and downtown development authorities for communities in both Georgia and Iowa. “The…

County leaders celebrate Airlie expansion

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Staff report Members of the Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA), county officials and community leaders gathered Wednesday for a groundbreaking and dedication ceremony at Airlie Business Park in Denver. According to LEDA’s press release, the dedication ceremony celebrated the recent completion of Phase II, which has opened 57 acres of…

Feds: Father-son duo stole $11 million from clients

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Staff report A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Oct. 23 for an Iron Station man and his 72-year-old father, operators of a payroll company, for allegedly defrauding their clients of more than $11 million. James William Staz, 43, of Iron Station, and his father, William James Staz, 72,…

Candidate Survey: U.S. House of Representatives

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Editor’s Note: The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of questions to candidates for North Carolina’s 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives related to policy and political views. The responses from Republican incumbent Patrick McHenry and Democrat challenger Tate MacQueen are listed below. — M.G. Describe a piece of…

County schools receive $635,000 Timken grant

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Funds to be used to promote advanced manufacturing skills among students Staff report Through a collaboration with the Lincoln Economic Development Association and local industry leaders, Lincoln County Public Schools is making strides to ensure a future workforce for local manufacturing industries. The Timken Foundation presented Lincoln County Public Schools…

Group hopes to bring local farmers together with local consumers

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The North Carolina Cooperative Extension hosted a food council meeting at the James Warren Citizens Center that brought together members of the community to discuss access to local food on Tuesday. Jared Cates, a community mobilizer from the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, gave a presentation on…

Deputies: Man tried to rob pharmacy with BB gun

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Staff report A Denver man was taken into custody by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies after allegedly attempting to obtain narcotics from a Walgreens on Highway 73 on Friday. According to a press release issued by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Benjamin Michael Lineberger, 22, of 8346 Unity Church Road,…

McHenry questions DoD on Ebola preparedness

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Staff report Congressman and Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry questioned Department of Defense witnesses on Friday during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s hearing titled, “The Ebola Crisis: Coordination of a Multi-Agency Response.” During his five minutes of questions, McHenry spoke with Major General James M. Lariviere, Joint Staff…