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Comedian to drop blackface routine for F.O.P. event

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Willie P. Richardson is still expected to perform for the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #85’s comedy concert, but he will not do so until this fall, sans blackface. Fraternal Order of Police president, police lieutenant Brian Greene, released the organization’s statement to the…

Nashville recording artists coming to Denver for community concert

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Bruce Hedrick started playing piano and singing at age 3, and after picking up a guitar five years later, he’s been strumming and writing music ever since. The country/Gospel musician, a Statesville resident and Nashville recording artist, will be performing alongside fellow Nashville recording artist Chris…

Barbecue, bikes rule at Hog Happenin’

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Local competitors strut stuff in cooking contest JACLYN ANTHONY LTN Staff Vinegar versus tomato. Memphis versus Lexington. Red slaw versus white. Y’all know what I’m talking about. It’s divisive. It’s delectable. It’s barbecue. This weekend, competitors travelled to Lincolnton to participate in the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition…

Police group hires blackface performer for fundraiser

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Fraternal Order of Police is facing backlash after announcing they selected William P. Richardson, a white comedian known for his blackface routines, to perform at their 2014 Comedy Benefit Concert. The Lincoln County NAACP branch first informed the Times-News and other local media…

Commissioners ironing out next year’s budget

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners made minor changes to the proposed Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget during their final budget work session on Friday. After another lengthy discussion regarding the proposed solid waste fee changes, county commissioners were able to come to a unanimous decision. Starting July…

United Way group stocks backpacks for students’ summer vacations

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Teen volunteers with United Way of Lincoln County recently packaged and donated activity bags to local elementary school children for the purpose of keeping their minds active all summer long. The nonprofit organization’s Teen Board — students who attend Lincoln Charter and each of the county’s…

Start Your Engines: Hog Happenin’ begins today

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Bikes and barbecue staples of annual downtown event ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Motorcycle and barbeque enthusiasts are gearing up for the 14th Annual Lincolnton Hog Happenin’, which kicks off tonight. A regional Bike Fest and Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned cook-off, the event features two days of live entertainment from…

Council adopts budget for city

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council voted unanimously to approve their 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Budget at their meeting Thursday night. Prior to the vote, council members held a public hearing to allow citizens the opportunity have their say about the budget. Resident Nancy Stokes was the first to address…

Man charged for drugs after crash

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man placed behind Catawba County bars late last month after crashing his drug-filled vehicle into a pole appeared in court this week. The 26-year-old driver, James Patrick Coughlin, a resident of 209 Arbor Run Drive, crashed his vehicle May 20 while driving down N.C.…

Candidates file for Board of Education seats

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Filing for Lincoln County’s Board of Education began Monday. As of Thursday night, only three candidates have filed, including two who are running for re-election. Candy Burgin, who currently serves as the board’s chair, was the first to file on Monday. She will seek re-election for…