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Schools facilities director resigns

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  Administrators not saying if Darrell Gettys was forced to quit following allegations against him and his wife Lincoln Times-News Staff Lincoln County Schools Facilities Director Darrell Gettys has resigned, according to Board of Education Chair Candy Burgin. “I can confirm that Mr. Gettys has resigned effective (Tuesday) to pursue…

Sheriff and police chief back tougher meth laws

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County law enforcement officials told the Times-News Thursday they stand behind a possible new state law calling for more extreme measures against the statewide rise in methamphetamine use. House Bill 29, which was approved by the North Carolina House of Representatives on Monday,…

City Planning Board gives green light for adult day care

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincolnton could soon be home to a new adult day care facility, following support from the city’s Planning Board Tuesday afternoon. Board members voted to recommend approval of a conditional-use permit for such a facility, with the request set to go before the Lincolnton…

Where happy little bluebirds fly

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  Pat Propst promotes interest in bluebirds   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Over the years, Pat Propst has taken hundreds of photos of the Eastern Bluebirds that flock to the birdhouses on her Lincolnton property. Since she first laid eyes on what she considers “the most beautiful bird … in…

Coming soon to a small screen near you?

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  County meetings may be recorded, televised SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County residents will likely have the opportunity to view Board of Commission meetings online in the near future. Commission Chairman Alex Patton announced the initiative following a public comment from Robert Avery on the matter during Monday’s regular…

If it seems like it’s too good to be true …

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Sheriff warns of recent scammers targeting Lincoln County residents JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Scammers are at it again, preying on Lincoln County residents over the last month, asking them to send significant amounts of money to third-party locations, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Fraudulent individuals have particularly been using Craigslist…

The fine art of making dough

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Looking for T-shirt artist with a peel

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The search is on for a local artist to design the 2013 Lincoln County Apple Festival T-shirt, with a deadline for entries set for April 1. Any Lincoln County resident, of any age, may enter up to three designs, which must be the original work of…

Rep. Foxx to address Lincoln Co. GOP dinner

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner is set for Saturday, with U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, confirmed as the event’s guest speaker. “This is a great opportunity for not only local Republicans, but also Republicans statewide, to come…

County splits on paying for farmer’s market jobs

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners split Monday night when it came to funding two part-time farmers market positions, ultimately deciding to chip in partially on the expenditure. Extension Director Kevin Starr’s request for an estimated $8,500 for the next fiscal year to cover the cost…