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Speaker challenges attendees at YMCA prayer breakfast

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “Each of us is called to be a Nehemiah community builder,” Andy Calhoun, president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Charlotte, told the annual prayer breakfast crowd Wednesday morning at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. As the event’s keynote speaker, Calhoun focused his…

Trials of education

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Crime scene investigation day at Asbury AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer A broken classroom window, a screwdriver and a fingerprint of the criminal who stole a teacher’s prized possessions, met Asbury Alternative students when they arrived at school on Tuesday. A golfball belonging to Tiger Woods, an artifact from the Titanic,…

Lincoln stores brace for big shopping days

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Local retailers are gearing up for the annual shopping frenzy that is Black Friday. Though many big-box stores nationwide are opting to begin their specials Thursday evening, the trend hasn’t entirely caught on locally, with a few exceptions. Wal-Mart locations across the country, including in Lincoln…

Sheriff’s office may go after Ford SUVs

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office may soon be adding additional vehicles to the department, Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News last week. The agency procured a new Ford police interceptor SUV in September, at a price of $25,313. If the vehicle proves durable, spacious and successful…

County OKs incentives that could bring more jobs to local industries

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved incentives for three local companies planning facility upgrades during its meeting Monday night. One of the industries, RSI Home Products, located in the Lincoln County Industrial Park, is looking to consolidate operations and upgrade its plant with new…

Reading about crime prevention

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Companies could add up to 32 new jobs

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  Commissioners to weigh incentives SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is set to consider incentives tonight for three existing industries looking to upgrade their facilities and create new jobs in the process. The companies, whose names will be disclosed during the meeting, are asking for…

Christian Ministry faces staggering need as holidays approach

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Last year, Christian Ministry handed out toys to more than 1,000 area children and signed up at least 600 families for holiday assistance, Executive Director Susan Brymer told the Times-News on Thursday. “These children would have no Christmas (without community help),” she said.…

Putting up the Lincolnton Christmas tree

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YMCA annual prayer breakfast set for Wednesday morning

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Before the official start of one of the busiest times of the year, the Lincoln County YMCA invites the community to “welcome in the holiday season through the lens of a Christian message” by participating in the organization’s 13th Annual Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast, a…