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Solar farm gets green light from county

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Strata Solar received unanimous support Monday night from both the Lincoln County Planning Board and Board of Commissioners to move forward with plans for a solar facility in western Lincoln County. Several representatives of the company, the largest solar-farm developer in the state, were…

Conversation with a crash survivor

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Kayla Glenn was headed home this past fall from her shift at the Wal-Mart store in Hickory when a driver, who troopers said had been drinking and playing with her phone, crossed into Kayla’s lane and struck her vehicle, severely injuring the 21-year-old Lincolnton…

Former church leader due in court for sex offense

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton man and former music director at a Cherryville church will appear in a Lincoln County Superior courtroom today on accusations he was involved in a sex-related incident with a teen girl nearly a decade ago. Brandon James Carter, 33, of 4294 Royal…

Convicted sex offender charged for changing residence

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A convicted sex offender has been charged for failing to register his address with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies charged Kenneth Lee Rinck, Sr., with one felony count of failure to notify a change of address of a sex offender and placed behind…

City Council to weigh in on urban area transportation plan

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council will take up quite a few items during its regular monthly meeting Thursday night. First on the agenda is a public hearing on the Lincolnton Urban Area Comprehensive Transportation Plan, followed by an expected vote. The county’s Board of Commissioners…

Betty G. Ross remembered as advocate for public recreation

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  Staff reports   Betty G. Ross, a notable figure in both athletics and politics in the city of Lincolnton, passed away at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville on Saturday. Ross served as Lincolnton’s first city recreation director, a position she held from 1947 until her retirement in 1990. Betty…

Guilty plea in federal health care fraud case

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  News of scheme shook up 2012 Lincoln Co. judge race JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A second person pleaded guilty Friday in connection with a federal health care fraud scheme that also involved the wife a retired Lincoln County assistant district attorney and former district 27B judge candidate, according to…

Swearing in a new Senator

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Community giving helps Christian Ministry meet needs

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Christian Ministry officials broke down the group’s annual budget to the Times-News on Friday, noting that this past holiday season, the organization distributed more $168,000 in food boxes to nearly 750 local families and more than $40,000 in toys to nearly 830 needy children.…

Bee’s top speller works to ‘alleviate’ pressure for the win

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Thirteen-year-old Eric Gunter spelled his way to a w-i-n at the 2013 Lincoln County Schools Spelling Bee last week. The room was silent at First Baptist Church in Lincolnton as a West Lincoln Middle student worked his way through the correct spelling of the…