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Introducing: Staff Writer Elizabeth Heffner

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Ever since I can remember, I have always had a passion for writing. It started off as short, choppy story sentences I would write for my mother. I am sure they were typical of any scribbling a pre-school kid could do, with ice cream, rainbows,…

Gastonia woman wins Rhyne Competition

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “For a viewer to experience a connection with one of my pieces is the ultimate compliment,” artist Renee Matthews said. The Gastonia resident recently won two awards this fall in the annual Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Sponsored by the…

Suspect caught in NYC

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     New York City police arrested an Iron Station man Thursday wanted for identity theft and a number of other charges in Lincoln and Catawba Counties, deputies said. Aquil Giovanni Jackson, 27, of 526 Mt. Vernon Church Road, was apprehended by officers in…

Theatre Guild presents ‘Southern Fried Murder’

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     At least one person will be murdered in Lincolnton today as 10 local actors bring to life Billy St. John’s comedic production of “Southern Fried Murder” for the first of six shows this month at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Directed by local resident…

Starr to retire from Cooperative Extension

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Kevin Starr, director of the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension, is set to retire at the end of this year after more than two decades at the post. He came on board as director in April of 1991, having previously worked for about seven-and-a-half…

Women train hard for Charlotte’s lengthy AVON breast cancer walk

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   For the last several months, three Lincolnton women — team name “The Rack Pack: Racking Up the Miles for a Cure” — have been training and raising funds for this month’s AVON Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte, one of eight host cities…

Citizens take advantage of early voting

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Hunger Walk proceeds to benefit locals

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     All funds raised through this weekend’s annual Hunger Walk in Lincolnton will benefit local residents, Event Chairman Charles Stevens said. Prior to changing the event from a Crop Hunger Walk to just Hunger Walk, only a quarter of raised funds stayed in…

Man charged with high-speed chase

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A Charlotte man is accused of trying to use a fake check at a Denver store Tuesday before leading deputies on a high-speed vehicular chase into oncoming traffic. According to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office press release, Valentine Herbert Smith and another…

Candidate Survey: Rhyne & White

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  Editor’s note: Republican incumbent Devin Rhyne and Democrat Mary Frances White are seeking election to Lincolnton’s Ward I seat on the City Council. Rhyne is currently serving out the remainder of his first term on the Council. The Times-News submitted 10 questions to each of the candidates in the…