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Volunteers travel into disaster zone

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Denver resident and local American Red Cross volunteer Ray Roedel packed his bags and headed for the Northeast on Tuesday in an effort to provide disaster relief for individuals who’ve suffered from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. Because the deadly storm has forced…

Deputies: Suspect breaks officer’s nose

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An Iron Station man assaulted a deputy, fracturing his nose and sending him to the hospital Thursday after the officer responded to an area disturbance call, according to Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Travis Williams was forced to hold Robert Hayes Hunter, 42, of 734 Trinity Lane, at…

At the Spooktacular

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Worrying a pesky bug could be worse

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Smaller than the size of a penny, dark in color and indigenous to China, the kudzu bug is continuing to populate Lincoln County, as well as other parts of the Southeast. This year, farmers and county Cooperative Extension Agent for Agriculture Libby Yarber have noticed a…

3 generations of seamstresses open shop

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Three generations of seamstresses are behind a new sewing shop in Lincolnton, continuing on a trade that is becoming increasingly rare. Alterations And Sew Much More, owned by Rachel Freeman and her mother Rebecca Naylor, opened for business last month at 518 N. Generals Blvd., beside…

Effort to help seek Alzheimer’s disease cure

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer After seeing her grandfather suffer from Alzheimer’s and after his unexpected death earlier this year, 17-year-old Lincoln Charter student Mary Canipe felt inspired to do something. That something would draw awareness to the disease and (she hopes) help prevent others from going through what she and…

St. Matthews’ congregation gets gussied up for 175th milestone

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer One Lincoln County church recently celebrated its 175th anniversary with congregation members dressing in 1800s garb during a service. St. Matthews United Church of Christ, located on Maiden Highway in Maiden, commenced as a “meeting house” in 1837, according to church history documents, but board of…

Drug suspect roundup continues

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Raid targets street-level dealer suspects JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies have rounded up roughly 40 area street-level drug trafficking suspects since Operation “Route 66” commenced Wednesday morning across Lincoln County. The fourth and largest round-up in county history had suspects pouring into the magistrate’s office throughout the day on charges…

School board threatens to censure Houser

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Use of private records by campaign draws scrutiny FRANK TAYLOR Lincoln Times-News A Lincoln County Board of Education member is set to face voters on Election Day while still under the threat of censure from fellow board members. Following allegations that board member Tommy Houser improperly used school employee personnel…

Community unites against racist vandalism

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Area residents told the Times-News Thursday that they were offended and outraged after vandals spray-painted a racial slur earlier this week on a power supply box for a railroad arm grade crossing on Carolina Mill Circle in Lincolnton. Due to the offensiveness of the words written,…