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State awards contract for N.C. 150 bridge

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Repairs necessary to help preserve the N.C. 150 bridge over the South Fork River in Lincolnton will be made possible following a contract awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. An announcement made by the department earlier this month stated that the $2.9 million contract,…

Groups plan protests over pastor’s comments

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Nearly 1,000 people are expected to attend Sunday’s protest against Maiden pastor Charles Worley’s Mother’s Day sermon on how to exterminate homosexuals. Hickory resident Laura Tipton, a 24-year-old social work major at Appalachian State University, told the Times-News Wednesday that she immediately organized the protest after…

Missing Lincolnton man’s body recovered from South Fork River

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Witnesses report last seeing man near waterway on Wednesday JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office confirmed late Thursday that a body recovered from a local river late this week was that of a missing Lincolnton man. Gaston County police and search and rescue teams assisted Lincoln County…

County discusses cost-of-living raises

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer During its budget work session Wednesday night, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners wrestled with a proposed cost-of-living adjustment for county employees. County Manager George Wood’s 2012-2013 budget currently calls for a 2.5 percent increase, which would be the first for employees in three years. In…

Gang members indicted by feds include local man

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Federal authorities recently indicted a Lincoln County man and 26 other local gang members on racketeering charges following a two-year investigation. A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s western district revealed the names of 27 total “United Blood Nation” gang members in…

County battles childhood obesity

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Child Nutrition employees in Lincoln County are hopeful that new regulations for what students are putting on their trays in local cafeterias, and programs such as  N.C. Farm to School will help decrease, or at least slow down, the child obesity rate in the county. “Childhood…

Mercury discovered in western Lincoln County

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Nearly three pounds of mercury were located inside a barn Tuesday on the county’s western end. Assistant Emergency Manager for the county, Bill Summers, said residents of home on Frank Cline Road in Howards Creek were cleaning out a barn on their property when they found…

Council splits again on school officer

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer In an expected reversal of a decision made last week, the Lincolnton City Council decided during its special called meeting Tuesday night to reinstate funding into the proposed 2012-2013 budget for a School Resource Officer position at Lincolnton High School. Council members voted 2-1 in favor…

Guilty plea in DWI murder

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Sherrills Ford man pleaded guilty to murder earlier this week in a Catawba County courtroom in connection with a wreck last winter that killed a Denver woman and injured her son. According to various news media outlets, 43-year-old Brian Hieb pled guilty to second-degree murder…