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Brown takes pulpit at Emmanuel Reformed

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Prior to joining Emmanuel Reformed Church in Lincolnton last month as head pastor, Dr. Keith Brown toured the country performing a combination of comedy and magic. The Wilmington native served as a Christian illusionist. While his hobbies took him away from his church role…

Deputies nab three suspects in drug busts

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Narcotics officers uncovered a meth lab, a marijuana grow operation and an alcohol still in connection with two unrelated cases this month at county residences, the Sheriff’s Office said. On Monday, investigators said they seized 16 marijuana plants from a Diesel Drive residence in…

Castiel the pug wins the LTN’s “Cutest Pet Contest”

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Local dog Castiel the Pug beat out a dozen other Lincoln County pets this month, including a cat and horse, to win the title of the Times-News’ “Cutest Pet Contest.” The pup took in more than 120 votes. With his six-month birthday approaching…

Deputies: Mother lied about kidnapping

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton woman will appear in court later this week after deputies charged her Tuesday with falsely reporting that her daughter had been kidnapped from their home, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies issued an Amber Alert Sunday night for 3-year-old Christina Grace Koonce after…

Lincoln Charter students look after quail eggs

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lynsey Waddle’s second-grade classroom at Lincoln Charter’s Denver campus is anxiously awaiting the results of its latest experiment. The class is the only one in the county participating in the “4-H Embryology Hatching Project,” which is correlated with the North Carolina Standard Course of…

Kiser students show off photography skills

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Schools to get new security measures

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer     Lincoln County Schools will continue on a path toward enhanced security as additional measures were signed off on by the Board of Education Tuesday night. In a unanimous vote, School Board members approved Howard Construction Company as the low bidder to install…

Candidates make moves for upcoming election

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Official filing for the 2013 Lincolnton municipal election won’t get underway until July, but potential candidates are already beginning to throw their names in the race. Two have already filed the necessary paperwork in recent weeks to open their campaigns, which gives them the…

Travel study to survey motorists

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  LTN Staff Report   An external travel study designed to help better determine the Charlotte area’s transportation needs will be taking place over the next few weeks. In Lincoln County, in-person surveys will occur on lower-volume roads, while video identification and mailed surveys will be used on higher-volume U.S.…

Lincolnton Relay for Life a success

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “The biggest thing is not to lose hope and get scared,” Lincolnton resident Ann Herbertson said about battling cancer. After battling breast cancer more than two decades ago, resulting in a mastectomy, she felt compelled to participate in cancer-supporting events such as Relay for Life.…