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Deputies: Drugs in house lead to arrest

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Sheriff’s narcotics investigators teamed up with city officers to arrest a Lincolnton man during a traffic stop Wednesday, three days after law enforcement authorities located more than 450 grams of marijuana inside his residence, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Officers and deputies apprehended Travis Sentell…

Suspect charged in sex offense on child

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Cherryville man is accused of being involved in multiple sex-related incidents earlier this year with an eight-year-old girl, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies charged Joey Allen Smith Jr., 37, of 2571 Thomas Baxter Lane, Wednesday with one felony count of first-degree sexual offense…

Dalton hopes for votes in Lincolnton

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Late hours may boost downtown retailers

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincolnton Downtown Development Association (DDA) recently launched a new program aimed at aligning local businesses’ hours of operation with current consumer trends, hoping to boost sales in the process. BOLT (Businesses Open Late on Thursdays) Downtown kicked off last week, when more than a dozen…

Fish camp celebrates 60 years by sticking to ‘roots’

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Jones Fish Camp is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and owner Garrett Goodson knows exactly what to attribute its long-standing success to. “We’ve stuck to our roots,” he told the Times-News on Wednesday. Goodson’s grandfather, Bryant Jones, started the restaurant in 1952 after experiencing a…

Art exhibit to feature women’s creations

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer “We want people to walk in and be in awe; we want to move them,” Stacy Pilkington-Smith told the Times-News on Thursday. Sharing a common theme of humans in nature, four women will bring pieces of their work together for the Interconnected art exhibit that kicks…

Lions help screen young eyes

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Civic club volunteers help to check students’ vision AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Elementary school children in three Lincoln County schools may soon be seeing more clearly thanks to vision screenings provided by the Lincolnton Lions Club this week. Battleground, G.E. Massey and S. Ray Lowder elementary schools hosted the club…

Deputies: Two charged after 4.5 pounds of pot

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Narcotics investigators arrested two Lincolnton residents Monday on drug charges following a SWAT team raid last week on the individuals’ home, in which deputies seized a handgun and nearly five pounds of marijuana, the Sheriff’s Office said. Masked and armed, the SWAT unit…

Painting pumpkins in Long Shoals

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Stroupe unopposed, believes in mission of Conservation District

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Meet Pamela Stroupe — a grandmother of three, a lifelong Lincoln County resident who grew up on a farm and later-raised her family on one, and a woman who formerly taught high school algebra and geometry for a decade. More currently, she’s up for…