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Picking out a tree at local farms

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  Natural Christmas tree customers have several farms to choose from SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer For those Lincoln County residents still on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree, there shouldn’t be much road to travel. Local farms are offering up a variety of trees ready for choosing, and the…

Kiser named ‘mayor’ for Cat Square parade

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Cat Square community has named former N.C. Rep. Joe Kiser its 2012 “mayor.” Kiser, who also served as the county’s head law enforcement official from 1989 to 1994, will be featured in Saturday’s 38th annual Cat Square parade in Vale. The 79-year-old also…

Donations help Christmas fund, but Christian Ministry soup kitchen needs food

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The public has a little more than three weeks left to donate to Christian Ministry’s annual Christmas Fund, and already, the total has exceeded the organization’s target goal of $50,000. “I am encouraged,” Executive Director Susan Brymer told the Times-News on Tuesday. While numerous…

LHS science teacher receives regional honor

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   On any given day you might find Lincolnton High science teacher Kathy Bosiak riding on a shopping cart through a parking lot while her husband Steve pushes her, teaching Earth Science to her students, or helping her cheerleading squad learn to do proper lifts.…

Holiday Pops performance set for Thurs. in Lincolnton

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   A live orchestra comprised of 65 professional musicians playing traditional and original holiday pieces will ring in the holiday season Thursday in Lincolnton, as the North Carolina Symphony will perform for its 80th anniversary season — a truly magical experience, said Rob Maddrey, senior…

Mustangs topple Tarboro to take state football title

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Martin set to be sworn in as commissioner

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Cecelia Martin will be officially sworn in tonight to serve a four-year term on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. The Crouse Republican secured her seat with a victory in May’s primary, with no Democratic or unaffiliated challengers in the general election. She’s the third woman…

5 schools honored for positive behavior

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Five Lincoln County elementary schools were recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for their participation and excellence in introducing positive behavior in their classrooms. Catawba Springs, Iron Station, Love Memorial, North Brook and S.R. Lowder elementary schools are among 383 schools chosen…

Missing teen found after answering her cell phone

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Nearly a week after a local teen’s family reported her missing from her Denver residence, Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives found her Friday morning in Gaston County, a Sheriff’s Office press release said. Deputies called Amanda Marie Atkins’ cell phone Friday morning and met up with her…

Lincoln girl playing lead role in Charlotte ‘Nutcracker’ ballet

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer After six years of playing a mouse, a Chinese dancer, a party girl and a variety of other roles, Denver resident Celeste Borman will star as the leading lady in the North Carolina Dance Theatre’s production of “Nutcracker,” opening this weekend. The 13-year-old will dance her…