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Byrd sentenced for child pornography

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Photos showed sexual violence to young children; federal authorities aren’t saying if victims are local   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A former Lincolnton merchant has been sentenced for his involvement in a national child pornography ring and will spend at least the next six years behind bars. A federal…

Schools review new standards for lunches

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Lincoln County Child Nutrition Director Byron Sackett assured the Board of Education at its meeting Wednesday night that local schools are ready and “fully compliant” with changes in cafeterias this upcoming school year. In response to new nutritional standards for meal requirements in the…

Documents reveal new details in double homicide

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Additional details surrounding last month’s double homicide in Lincolnton have continued to emerge as the Times-News reviews public documents in the case. Police charged Wilbert Lester Fair, 43, of Cloverleaf Lane in Lincolnton, Aug. 2 with two counts of first-degree murder in the slaying…

Legislators address business leaders

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Annual Chamber luncheon hosts state, federal lawmakers SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer State and national legislators gathered Wednesday at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Legislators Luncheon,” giving those in attendance a chance to hear about the issues straight from the source. U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, N.C. Rep. Jason Saine,…

Lincoln Charter gets top recognition for scores

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   While the 2011-2012 ABCs of Public Education Accountability Report showed some local schools in Lincoln County struggled on the assessment that was released last week, that wasn’t the case for Lincoln Charter School. LCS received the Honor School of Excellence level of recognition for…

New Apple Queen set to be crowned on Saturday

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  SARAH SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The time has come for a new Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen to be crowned, with this year’s pageant taking place 7 p.m. Saturday at the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton. The event is one of many leading up to the annual Apple…

2 charged with growing marijuana on porch

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies arrested a western Lincoln County duo on Tuesday for maintaining a marijuana-growing operation on their back porch, the Sheriff’s Office said. An employee with Rutherford Electric Corporation reported the operation to deputies after he had gone to the suspects’ residence July 24 at…

Police: Man admits cellphone placed in women’s room to view colleague

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police have charged a local retirement home’s nursing assistant with secret peeping after the man used his cellphone to record people inside an employee restroom, investigators said. Rainielle “Ray” Paul Tadeja, 21, of 1278 Billess Court in Lincolnton, worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant…

Sabo USA plans to add 12 jobs

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Sabo USA has plans to install additional equipment at its facility in the Lincoln County Industrial Park, creating at least 12 new jobs in the process. An incentive grant agreement allowing for the expansion received unanimous approval from the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Monday night.…

Police: Murder suspect acted alone, knew his victims

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police investigators are denying rumors that they have additional suspects in the slaying of a Broome Street couple at their residence last month. “We believe he acted alone,” Lt. Brian Greene, head of Lincolnton Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, said of 43-year-old Wilbert Lester Fair, whom…