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Woman charged after crash with cruiser

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police said a woman was allegedly driving drunk when she collided with a police cruiser late last week at a popular Lincolnton intersection, totaling the city vehicle. Kathleen Howard, 21, of 1289 South Aspen Street in Lincolnton, was charged with DWI and failure…

Deputies: Taser used on fugitive

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies said they were forced to use a stun gun on a man accused of breaking into an area outbuilding after he escaped his handcuffs and refused to halt for officers. Deputies said they apprehended Daniel James Tench, 24, of 164 Del Mar Road…

Fun at library summer reading kick-off

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5th-grader’s painting picked for NC calendar

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Fifth-grader Chad Theriot wasn’t expecting his rooster painting to make it beyond the walls of his art class at St. James Elementary School; he thought his farm-themed portrait was just another exercise. Theriot’s painting of a rooster was chosen for the cover of the…

Graduation day for class of 2012

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Lincoln Times-News photographers fanned out Saturday to the four Lincoln County public high school graduation events. Graduates applaud a humorous moment during Katherine Reeder’s salutatorian address at Lincolnton High.   East Lincoln graduate Shana Davy gets a kiss from her father, Harlow.…

Graduation day for class of 2012

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Lincoln Times-News photographers fanned out Saturday to the four Lincoln County public high school graduation events. The caps fly in a last hoorah at West Lincoln.   The reception of a diploma inspires Major Kay to give a touchdown dance on the field at North Lincoln.…

Tractor Supply has plans for old Wal-Mart

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Murphy Oil also seeks permit; but Fred’s Super Dollar to close SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The former Wal-Mart building in Lincolnton may soon be home to new business yet again. Tractor Supply Company has submitted a site plan and received a zoning permit to operate a store in the former…

Deputies: Man admits killing woman found in burned-out vehicle

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Catawba man has confessed to killing a young woman who was found dead inside a burned-out car northwest of Sherrills Ford on Thursday morning, deputies said. Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid confirmed with the Times-News on Friday that Jermaine Wilkes, 32, of 2282 Edna Street,…

Fawn rehabbers cope with mounting costs

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Vale resident Cletus Brown’s love for animals has prompted him to care for a variety of animals over the years, including pit bulls and ducks and currently deer, but with the recent economic slump, he’s in jeopardy of not renewing his fawn rehabilitator’s license for another…

Utility rates climb as city passes budget

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Council OKs intersection project in split vote SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer City taxes won’t be going up or down this year, but utility rates will nudge higher this year. The Lincolnton City Council unanimously approved City Manager Jeff Emory’s proposed 2012-2013 budget during its meeting Thursday night. With the vote…