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Work on power lines continues

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Houser appointed to conservation board

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Tommy Houser has been reappointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to serve as a member of the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Commission. A resident of Vale and former member of the county’s Board of Education, Houser is also currently serving a one-year term as president…

Teen gets prison time for chase

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A South Carolina man will spend at least the next 12 years behind bars for shooting at a Lincoln County patrol vehicle during a three-county, high-speed vehicular chase in November, Gaston County court officials said. Dakota Lane Sweat, 18, of Little River, S.C., received his sentence…

Brazilian company to bring 127 jobs

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County will soon be home to a second Brazilian company, bringing with it the creation of almost 130 jobs over the next three years. Borghetti Turbos has decided to locate its North American headquarters in Lincoln County, officials with the Lincoln Economic Development Association announced…

County cancels longstanding contract with volunteer rescuers

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The end of an era came Monday night as the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously during its meeting to officially terminate its contract with the Lincoln County Lifesaving Crew. The volunteer technical-rescue service and backup ambulatory group had served locally for more than 50 years, and…

Fire destroys home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Flames destroyed a one-story brick home in Lincolnton Tuesday afternoon, leaving firefighters puzzled. Crews with South Fork, Lincolnton and Crouse Fire Departments responded around 1:30 p.m. to the smokey scene at 1638 Roseland Drive, fire officials said. Fire was still shooting through the roof of the…

Floodwaters hit Lincoln County

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Hickory man’s bond increased over Cherryville rape, break-in charges

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A judge increased a Hickory man’s bond following a first appearance Monday in Gaston County after Cherryville police said he raped and strangled a local woman over the weekend, sending her to a Lincolnton hospital. Phillip Nathaniel Link, 39, of 102 1st Avenue Northeast,…

Board of Education presents budget request to County Commissioners

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Education officially presented its proposed budget to the Board of Commissioners Monday night, though whether the amount requested is eventually granted remains to be seen. As the Times-News previously reported, School Board members finalized during a meeting last week…

Fruit of the vine

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Woodmill Winery in Vale hosted its annual Muscadine Jubliee Festival and Vineyard Blessing on Saturday. The event featured over 50 vendors, live entertainment and square dancing and a children’s area. Food for the event was provided by several local nonprofits including Ta Ta’s, the Lincoln Explorers and the Lions Club.…