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Tips for keeping holidays secure

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LTN Staff Reports The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office recently issued a press release with the following tips on how area residents can best secure their homes this holiday season: It’s too tempting for burglars to break windows and snatch wrapped packages. Therefore, don’t openly display Christmas tree and gifts in…

Program to offer summer work for area college students

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer After a successful first year for the program, summer work opportunities with local industries are again being sponsored by the Lincoln County Industrial Manager’s Association for interested college students planning to spend their summers in the area. The Lincoln Economic Development Association is currently accepting applications.…

Memories of the old Christmas play

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County natives Rachel Bame and Mary Anne Burgess, both 1950s graduates of Lincolnton High School, can remember a time much simpler than the fast-paced days of today’s youth, particularly growing up as mill children near the Elm Grove Cotton Mill and participating together in their…

Responding to Newtown tragedy

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Sheriff beefs up school security; banner prepared to send to Conn. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Following the school shooting massacre Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., school safety has become a top priority on everyone’s mind. As a result, local law enforcement officers are working to ease community fears by ramping…

Board member: Warrant based on false claim

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County School Board member faces a criminal accusation of trespassing on a Gaston County man’s property earlier this month, a claim she denies. Cathy Goodson Davis, 50, of 5461 Reepsville Road in Vale, “unlawfully and willfully did without authorization” access “the premises of William…

Denver restaurant gives out free holiday meals

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Race City BBQ is experiencing its first Christmas since opening in Denver earlier this year, and, already, the restaurant’s owners are looking to give back to the community. On Saturday, the restaurant, located at 3650 N.C. 16 N., is providing free holiday meals to those less…

Mayor congratulates champs

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School board promises transparency

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   “We’re going to be an open book, and will make sure that transparency is there,” Lincoln County Board of Education member Bob Silver told the Times-News on Tuesday. “The culture of this board has changed and everybody wants the public to know that we…

County agrees to $3.5M water plant upgrade

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously signed off on a nearly $3.5 million contract for improvements to the county’s water-treatment plant during its meeting Monday night. Funded by the water and sewer capital-improvement budget, the project will result in upgrades to the plant’s…

Bringing toys to local kids

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  Toys for Tots prepares for second major toy presentation of season JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County Toys for Tots may have already handed out toys to more than 900 needy area children this month but the organization anticipates more than 600 additional children from the county’s eastern…