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Cooperative Extension agent leaving for Virginia

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Four years after Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Director Kevin Starr “took a chance” on area agriculture agent Libby Yarber, the 28-year-old is returning north to her home town in Virginia to pursue a job opportunity. Yarber will take on a role at a agriculture…

Driver faces DWI charge after crash sends 2 to ER

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A head-on collision Wednesday night east of Lincolnton sent two women to the hospital with critical injuries, state troopers said. Lorrie Beech, of Lincolnton, was rounding a curb while traveling west on N.C. 27 East, near Sunny Hill Drive, when her vehicle ran…

Come, ye thankful people, come

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Hundreds have Thanksgiving at soup kitchen JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “It’s a restaurant for Jesus,” Christian Ministry’s Soup Kitchen Coordinator Jackie Casey told the Times-News on Wednesday. She and other local volunteers rushed around the Lincolnton facility cooking and plating food for the nonprofit organization’s annual Thanksgiving meal, which they…

Changes would slash local arts, music classes

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer The 2013-2014 school year will face some curriculum changes, as courses are deleted, changed and added to the area high schools registration guide next year. A High School Curriculum Committee, comprised of assistant principals, guidance counselors and other education officials, has been meeting to discuss revisions…

Sunday’s parade, lighting of community tree launch holiday season locally

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer With turkey and mashed potato leftovers from Thanksgiving now filling the tables of Lincoln County residents, Christmas season is officially here, and the Downtown Development Association plans to ring in the happy holiday with its annual parade on Sunday. Both the eastern and western ends of…

Speaker challenges attendees at YMCA prayer breakfast

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “Each of us is called to be a Nehemiah community builder,” Andy Calhoun, president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Charlotte, told the annual prayer breakfast crowd Wednesday morning at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. As the event’s keynote speaker, Calhoun focused his…

Trials of education

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Crime scene investigation day at Asbury AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer A broken classroom window, a screwdriver and a fingerprint of the criminal who stole a teacher’s prized possessions, met Asbury Alternative students when they arrived at school on Tuesday. A golfball belonging to Tiger Woods, an artifact from the Titanic,…

Lincoln stores brace for big shopping days

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Local retailers are gearing up for the annual shopping frenzy that is Black Friday. Though many big-box stores nationwide are opting to begin their specials Thursday evening, the trend hasn’t entirely caught on locally, with a few exceptions. Wal-Mart locations across the country, including in Lincoln…

Sheriff’s office may go after Ford SUVs

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office may soon be adding additional vehicles to the department, Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News last week. The agency procured a new Ford police interceptor SUV in September, at a price of $25,313. If the vehicle proves durable, spacious and successful…

County OKs incentives that could bring more jobs to local industries

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved incentives for three local companies planning facility upgrades during its meeting Monday night. One of the industries, RSI Home Products, located in the Lincoln County Industrial Park, is looking to consolidate operations and upgrade its plant with new…