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Elections director: Candidate wants out

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Board of Education member George Dellinger does not plan to serve another term even if voters choose him in next month’s election, Lincoln County Elections Director Bill Beam told the Times-News late Thursday. Beam said Dellinger has notified the Board of Elections of his desire to…

School Board settles on plan for Asbury

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Renovations, from a school building to football stadium bleachers, were among the topics discussed at the Lincoln County Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, as school board members unanimously agreed to move forward on the Asbury Alternative School project and saw the progress being made at…

Ready to fight fires

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GOP moves headquarters

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer In time for the upcoming elections, Lincoln County Republicans have a new gathering spot. Previously headquartered on South Academy Street in downtown Lincolnton, the local party recently decided to move its base to 417 E. Main St., located beside the offices of N.C. Rep. Jason Saine,…

Hilton Homeplace event to include Lincolnton potter

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer A family whose tradition spans six generations — dating back to the early 1800s — who helped shake things up in the Catawba Valley pottery scene, will be coming together for their ninth Hilton Homeplace pottery sale this weekend. The sale will feature various regional potters…

Cyclists to support Y-readers program

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer To help bring a YMCA literacy program — Y Readers — back to Lincoln County next summer, Sally’s YMCA in Denver will be hosting Riding for Readers this weekend in hopes of raising money for the Community Support Campaign and for first- and second-graders to improve…

Board to weigh future of Asbury School

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer What’s next for Asbury Alternative School will be discussed tonight at the Lincoln County Board of Education meeting, as school board members decide how to improve the learning environment for students and whether or not that means renovating the facility. Last month, Superintendent Sherry Hoyle met…

Vale man charged for meth, fleeing

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies charged a western Lincoln County man Saturday for possessing methamphetamine and fleeing the scene of a crash after traveling off the roadway and into a yard several days earlier on Beam Lumber Road, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. On Oct. 2, Patrick Wayne Johnson,…

Federal money paves way for airport upgrades

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer With funding now in place, the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport appears likely to receive its long-discussed improvements soon. The airport has been officially announced by federal officials as a recipient of a $2.5 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant. The grant requires a 5 percent match…

Lincoln SWAT team trains with Marines special unit

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer All 15 members of the Lincoln County SWAT team, including 14 deputies and one tactical officer with Emergency Medical Services, recently joined with three other state law enforcement agencies in enduring an intense, five-day tactical training session alongside the Marine’s Special Response Team (SRT) at Camp…