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Legislators talk with Lincoln Co. seniors

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, and Sen. Chris Carney of the N.C. Senate’s 44th District fielded questions from senior citizens of Lincoln County during a town hall meeting Tuesday afternoon. The N.C. General Assembly’s short session wrapped up last week, and both Saine and Carney, a…

Mathews new head pastor at Ivey Memorial UMC

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Jim Mathews is already a seasoned trumpet player, journalist, photographer, communications director, college sports information director and salesman, but starting Sunday, he’ll take on the role of head pastor at Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church in north-central Lincoln County. The Charlotte native received his license to…

Schools to look at way to boost teacher jobs

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education will consider Wednesday whether to approve a program that could fund more teaching positions in the county, the Local Education Agency Adjustment Reduction. The board’s Budget and Finance Committee previously discussed the $2.8 million allotment the reduction would provide in…

Cash Mob celebrates Independents

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Woman charged with taking employer’s jewelry

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County deputies placed a Mecklenburg County woman behind bars last week after accusations that she took more than $30,000 in jewelry from an eastern Lincoln County home where deputies said she worked as a housekeeper for nearly a decade and a half. Mubeen Khan Davis,…

Sheriff’s Explorer Post headed for Colorado

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 700 will be Colorado-bound this weekend for the group’s inaugural trip to the 2012 National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference. Explorer Post 700, established in the county in April 2008 for teens 14 and up interested in pursuing a law…

Merger of mental-health groups completed

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A merger more than a year in the making of three local management entities (LMEs) working with mental-health care and related issues became effective July 1 and will now be serving citizens in eight different counties, including Lincoln County. As the Times-News previously reported, Gastonia-based Pathways…

Stroupe uncontested for re-election to Soil & Water

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Filing for the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation Board ended Friday at noon, with only one candidate having filed for a seat. Pamela M. Stroupe of Lincolnton, an incumbent on the board, filed for another term as one of three elected members. Hers is the…

Happy birthday to America

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1 charged, 1 convicted of animal cruelty

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Officers offer tips to pet owners during hot days JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Animal cruelty has been a hot topic lately for two Lincoln County men. Lincolnton resident Joshua Keaton Parrish, 23, of 3156 Our Place, was charged Tuesday with one count of cruelty to animals. Lincoln County Animal Control…