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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…

Shuford certified as juvenile court judge

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Cleveland and Lincoln County Judge Meredith Shuford, who now boasts her certification as a juvenile court judge for District 27B, plans to continue using her career field to protect the community’s “abused and neglected children,” she told the Times-News earlier this week. “Fighting for the most…

Soup bowls to aid Hospice

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United Way Kickoff speaker

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Autopsy: Blunt force to head killed victim

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  Release of documents makes some details in July 27 crime public for first time JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer At least one of the two victims in a July 27 double-homicide died from “blunt force trauma to the head” according to the North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Chapel…

Soup event to benefit Hospice

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Vegetable beef and potato soups will fill clay bowls Tuesday as a local pottery shop raises funds for the Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County. Gary Lee, owner of Rising Sun Pottery in Lincolnton, hopes to sell all 357 hand-crafted bowls this year…