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McDonald’s plans site in Boger City

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Another international fast-food chain is currently eyeing a location on East Main Street in Boger City. Lincolnton Zoning Administrator Mark Carpenter told the Times-News Wednesday that he had spoken with representatives of McDonald’s regarding property located near the intersection of Salem Church Road and Main Street.…

Former commissioner purchases battlefield land to help preserve it

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A piece of historical property will likely have a greater chance for restoration following its purchase by one Lincoln County resident. As the Times-News previously reported, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was weighing the $44,000 purchase of two parcels of land adjacent to the Ramsour’s…

Store owner hopes to change image of unsolved murder site

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer “From a bad thing, hopefully we can make it a good thing,” said Thomas Bolen, owner of a new business located where the murder of Charles Daniel Mullinax took place almost two years ago. Bolen opened Ruby’s Discount Store three months ago at 2083 W. N.C.…

East Lincoln drama students set to present ‘Children’s Letters to God’

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Students in Brian McSwain’s drama class at East Lincoln High School use words like light-hearted, family fun and a little bit of everything to describe their last performance of the school year — Children’s Letters to God. The group will be singing, dancing and acting out…

City cuts high school officer in split vote

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Mayor calls move bad idea, city manager says city is mostly  reimbursed for position; council also leans toward airport pullout SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A school resource officer will not be on Lincolnton’s list of budgeted positions for the next fiscal year following a split vote by the Lincolnton City…

Ingles’ plans may be set aside

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Dollar General looking at new Main Street store SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer One retail chain is one step closer to bringing a store to Lincolnton, while another may be taking a step back. Following the Lincolnton Planning Board’s meeting Tuesday afternoon, Zoning Administrator Mark Carpenter gave an update on the…

Battle observance includes new events

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County community is invited to watch history unfold and ghost stories come to life this weekend in and around Lincolnton High School, on the ground where one a significant but not well-known battle of the American Revolution once occurred. Since the 1990s, historical re-enactors…

Soup kitchen set for annual fundraiser with ‘hunger worse right now’ than ever

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “Hunger is worse right now in Lincoln County than I’ve ever seen it in 26 years,” Susan Brymer, Christian Ministry’s executive director, told the Times-News Tuesday. She hopes the nonprofit group’s annual soup kitchen fundraiser on Thursday will draw in additional money for the community’s hungry…

Rains hamper investigation into string of Vale break-ins

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a string of outbuilding break-ins that they said materialized on Mother’s Day at three Vale residences. Deputies said culprits targeted two storage units sometime after 3 a.m. Sunday at neighboring homes on N.C. 274 and one on…

Deputies: Drug raid seizes pot, cash

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Sheriff’s narcotics investigators seized more than 700 grams of marijuana from a Lincolnton man’s home late last week. William Allan Beaver, 24, of 1314 Highland Bluff Court in north-central Lincoln County, was charged Thursday with one felony count each of possession with the intent to sell…