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Congressman’s staff to hold office hours in Lincolnton

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Staff for U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, of North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, will be holding office hours Thursday in Lincolnton, with Lincoln County residents invited to attend to share any issues or concerns they may have. Scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. in the…

City Council to consider permit for adult day care

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Whether to grant approval for an adult day care facility will be up for consideration by the Lincolnton City Council during its meeting Thursday evening. A public hearing will first be conducted on the conditional-use permit request from Serenity Adult Day Facility, LLC, prior…

Alzheimer’s patients in jeopardy

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  Legislators send temporary fix to governor, but caregivers say they remain concerned   SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The North Carolina General Assembly finalized a temporary fix last week designed to prevent thousands of residents of group homes and special dementia units throughout the state from being left with no…

Deputies: Suspect brought toddler along for break-in

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton man is set to appear in court today on accusations he broke into a neighbor’s home last week on the northeastern end of the county while in the company of a toddler. Deputies located a passed-out Clarence Ray Barnette, 46, of 4493…

Man at large after fleeing into S.C., deputies say

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Gaston County man is wanted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after deputies said they chased him by vehicle Friday morning into a neighboring county, before ending the chase at the South Carolina state border. The Sheriff’s Office issued a press release stating…

B-negative to do something positive

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    Graham Caskey gives his 100th pint of blood JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Last month, 86-year-old Iron Station resident Graham Caskey donated his 100th pint of blood to the Lincoln County chapter of the American Red Cross. “There is no upper age limit for blood donors,” LouAnn Freshour, local…

Crouse firefighter finishes federal training course

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “Continuing education and confidence are necessary traits for every firefighter,” James Owens, a technical rescuer and certified level-two volunteer firefighter with Crouse Fire Department, told the Times-News on Friday. Owens, who is also a local business owner, recently completed his second training experience…

Deputies: Suspect gutted walls to grow drugs

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Following three months of surveillance at a Denver man’s residence, narcotics investigators and fellow patrol deputies locked up an alleged drug offender Wednesday night for using his home to grow nearly 20 marijuana plants in one of the “most elaborate” busts of its kind under Sheriff…

Sure sign of spring

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Construction set to start on new nature preserve

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Construction is expected to soon begin on the long-in-the-making Rock Springs Nature Preserve, a conservation-themed project in eastern Lincoln County. Parks and Recreation Director Erma Deen Hoyle told the Times-News Wednesday that, after being delayed due to the weather, work should start on the 116-acre park…