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Youth sports coach charged in sexual assault on girl, 14

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 34-year-old southwestern Lincoln County man and former Optimist Club sports coach is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in January, the Sheriff’s Office said. Eddy Shane Heavner, 34, of 3944 Gaston Webbs Chapel Road, knew the victim and sexually assaulted her Jan. 8 at the…

Mayor Gilleland opens own real estate office downtown

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland recently decided to try his hand at a new role, one as a small-business owner. With a background in real estate at Coldwell Banker Lawing Associates, he figured it was time to continue in the industry using his own name. “(I thought)…

Inmate charged with head-butting deputy

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Bessemer City man, who’s currently locked up for drug-related charges and breaking into a Lincolnton worship center late last year with two other suspects, has now been accused of injuring a deputy during a court appearance this week, according to Larry Seagle, public information officer…

Schools weigh costs, benefits of Asbury options

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Options for what to do about Asbury Alternative School and the condition of the building were mulled over Monday night as the Lincoln County Board of Education Building and Site Committee and local school officials hashed out ideas for the institution and how to make it…

Learning in an outdoor classroom

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Sixth-graders get crash course on conservation issues AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Lincoln County sixth-graders received bite-sized lessons on water, wildlife and other environmental topics during Conservation Field Day earlier this week at Betty Ross Park in Lincolnton. The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District and other local agriculture and conservation…

Gym padlocked over rental history dispute

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Cruz Fitness on East Main Street in Lincolnton closed Thursday morning, with padlocks on the doors and signs in the windows alerting customers of the gym to cancel their memberships. “I apologize for any inconvenience,” read a note from owner Salvador Cruz. The signs, which said…

Rep. Saine says new committee assignments reflect areas of interest

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, announced this week that he has been appointed to two committees by House Speaker Thom Tillis. These are in addition to the almost 10 on which he is already serving. The two new committees of which he will now be a…

Rebel homecoming parade

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County delays action on 500-acre plan

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Board divided over granting requests for sweepstakes centers SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners decided to delay taking action on the proposed Woodcock Farms small-area plan Monday night after nearby residents spoke out angrily against it at last week’s meeting. As the Times-News previously reported, the…

Deputies: Woman steals from patient, turns self in

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Cherryville health care worker, accused of stealing and pawning items from one of her Lincoln County patients at two area pawn shops earlier this month, recently turned herself into the Magistrate’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office said. Laurie Ann Bowers, 33, of 2086 Highway 274, cared…