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Keeping tabs on registered sexual offenders

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is coming up with creative ways to keep tabs on local sex offenders to ensure the more than 120 individuals registered across the county actually reside at their listed residences. Checks will occur randomly and more frequently throughout the…

Parents say goodbye on first day of kindergarten

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      AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Misty-eyed parents said goodbye to their excited and anxious children earlier this week, as they started their first day of kindergarten in Lincoln County schools. Parents weren’t shooed off right away, though, and were able to sit in with their children as…

Vale teen missing since weekend

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help deputies locate a teen boy who’s been missing from his western county residence for more than two days. Family and friends of Michael Dakota Horton Jr., 16, of Cat Square Rd. in…

Lincoln native working on star-studded film production

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Twenty-five-year old Bobby Sain grew up in Vale. He attended West Lincoln High and throughout his childhood thought his two top career options were teaching or farming, he laughed. But he had big dreams of big city life. What he may not have known,…

Lincoln legislator representing at RNC

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, is among those braving the weather in Tampa this week for the 2012 Republican National Convention, but he’s not letting the wind and rain dampen his spirits. He told the Times-News during a phone call Tuesday that the place…

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Tractor Supply targets mid-Sept. store opening

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Tractor Supply Company is nearing completion of construction on its new store in the former Wal-Mart building in Lincolnton, with a tentative opening date set for mid-September. As the Times-News previously reported, the company had submitted a site plan and received a zoning permit…

Cruise-in in Lincolnton

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Howards Creek VFD uses grant funding to buy new brush truck

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One local fire department recently used grant money to purchase a new brush truck in order to cut down on fuel costs and prevent additional wear and tear on the agency’s larger trucks. Howards Creek Volunteer Fire Department, located at 3117 W. Highway 27…

Catawba Co. approves new free-speech ordinance

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Nearly three months after a Catawba County grassroots group stirred county officials to rethink the constitutionality of free speech gatherings on county grounds, change has come. Catawba County officials initially wouldn’t allow members of Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate (CVCAH) and other protestors of…