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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…

Track repairs ready for bidding

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer One-inch-deep cracks that present safety issues to runners, event areas that need work and less-than-safe bleachers will all be addressed over the next few weeks as the next phase in the renovation process at West Lincoln and Lincolnton High tracks gets under way. At Monday night’s…

Class to help women manage their own finances

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer A course designed to help women understand how to get more for their dollars will be offered through Lincoln County Cooperative Extension in October. Women of all ages and bank accounts are invited to sign up, no matter how much or little is known about finances,…