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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…

Need ‘skyrockets’ as Ministry prepares Christmas food boxes

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “The numbers have skyrocketed,” Christian Ministry’s Executive Director Susan Brymer told the Times-News Tuesday, regarding the amount of needy Lincoln County families. The organization hands out 25 food boxes each day, with each box containing roughly $200 in food items. From January through October,…

Expect local impact after court upholds ban on sweepstakes centers

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Local video sweepstakes centers will be forced to close following the N.C. Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to uphold a ban on such establishments. The state’s highest court reversed an appellate court’s ruling that a legislative ban on Internet sweepstakes gaming restricted free speech.…

ABC set to air Lincolnton segment tonight

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincolnton will be in the spotlight tonight as the episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” taped this time last year finally airs to a national audience. James and Devonda Friday were selected to receive the home makeover as part of a series of holiday-themed…

Court of Appeals overturns two of Huss’ convictions

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln County man sentenced last year to more than a decade behind bars for kidnapping and raping an ex-girlfriend in 2007 is one step closer to freedom after the North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned two of his convictions last month and is…