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Woman reports robber put gun to her head

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies are searching for a man they said put a gun to a woman’s head and robbed her Saturday morning at her Lincoln County residence. The victim, Virgina Ruth Stamey, told one of the suspects to come to her home in north-central Lincoln County…

Picking out pumpkins

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Early voting starts Thursday

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Early voting for November’s general election gets under way Thursday at 8 a.m., continuing on through 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Lincoln County Elections Director Bill Beam told the Times-News on Tuesday that, as with any presidential-election year, he expects a large turnout for…

Elections policy shift could mean Jenkins’ win

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  FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   Tony Jenkins appears slated for victory in his bid to return to the Lincoln County Board of Education, following a change in how elections officials will handle the withdrawal of his opponent. Jenkins, a Lincolnton Republican who had previously served on the board from…

County splits on Woodcock Farms plan

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Despite complaints from nearby residents, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved the Woodcock Farms small-area plan in a split vote Monday night. Having tabled the item at their Sept. 17 meeting, commissioners took up the issue again after receiving an update from Zoning…

Fires strike homes in east and west

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Fire consumed two Lincoln County homes in separate incidents in recent days, forcing officials from the Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate each scene. On Tuesday, crews from Denver, Pumpkin Center and East Lincoln Fire Departments responded to a blaze around 10 a.m. on…

Schools look at details of Asbury plan

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   “These are needed changes; kids who go to school here deserve a quality education and place to attend school,” Asbury Alternative School Principal Ted Shiver told the Times-News on Tuesday. “Morale goes up for both (students and faculty) when it’s shown that we do…

More incentives to lure RATO jobs?

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  County commissioners to consider raising stakes SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will be presented tonight with a request for additional incentives for a company that county officials hope will create a manufacturing facility, along with hundreds of jobs, in the area. As the Times-News…

Deputies, feds say suspect distributed child porn

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An East Lincoln man faces accusations of distributing child pornography following a joint federal and local investigation. An undercover agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted Sheriff’s detectives in doing a “preliminary forensics examination” Thursday at an eastern Lincoln County man’s residence, locating…

Miller picked to make deal on CBS

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    AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   A trip to California with a friend turned into a television debut for Lincolnton resident Bonnie Miller — an experience she said she’ll never forget. Miller and a girlfriend scored tickets to two game shows during their time in Los Angeles, “The Price…