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Work still on hold at Ingles site

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Despite recent activity on the property owned by Ingles, it appears that the Asheville-based grocery chain is not yet moving forward with construction of a store. The land, located on East Main Street in Boger City, has remained relatively untouched since the company decided last spring…

New Cherryville police chief starts job today

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Cherryville Police Department gains a new police chief today, five months after federal agents stormed the agency to arrest officers and other local men involved in a criminal scheme to safeguard stolen property traveling through the area on tractor trailers. According to various…

Local artists strut their stuff downtown

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Artists from Lincoln County and around the region converged on downtown on Friday to show off a wide range of work in the fourth annual Art Crawl. The artists’ work was displayed in 35 local businesses in the event sponsored by First Federal Savings Banks. The Art Crawl is a…

County considers grants for RATO

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Various grants and incentives for Denver Global Products, acquired by China-based RATO as a subsidiary last year, will receive the attention of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during tonight’s meeting. Following a public hearing to discuss the potential project, commissioners will consider N.C.…

Lincoln Charter students ASPIRE to higher scores

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A group of Lincoln Charter high school students met for a final session Friday after completing a 10-week program to help them better prepare for the ACT test. Taught by April Dillon, Cooperative Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development, and 4-H volunteer Kristi Johnsen,…

Boys & Girls Club director gains national recognition

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  Local man hopes to garner support for youth charity startup in Lincolnton JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Wounded Warrior Project and college basketball’s Atlantic Coast Conference are set to recognize Lincoln County Boys & Girls Club Unit Director Shaun Newton and three other former military men during Sunday’s live, pre-game…

Lincolnton woman dies in Cleveland County crash

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton woman and Cleveland County Certified Public Accountant died Thursday morning after her vehicle struck a utility pole and tree before overturning, troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said. Kimberly Watson, 34, wasn’t traveling at excessive speeds around 7:30 a.m. when…

Knee replacement can’t stop Iron Station barrel racers

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        SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Vernon and Myra Maxwell have been riding horses for most of their lives. However, it wasn’t until the age of 50 that they both decided to pick up barrel racing, something their children had long been doing competitively. The couple, who…

Fire chief helps cops fight crime

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton Fire Chief Mitch Burgin had just pulled into the parking lot of the Lincolnton Dollar Tree Wednesday afternoon when he heard a woman shouting that she had been mugged, he told the Times-News. “I heard a commotion,” he said. “I opened my door…

College must repay nearly half a million

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  Gaston College also faces lawsuit from former financial aid chief who says she reported school to the feds FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Gaston College has to pay back nearly half a million dollars to the federal government following a scathing U.S. Department of Education review that found multiple violations.…