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Trio creates book on regional pottery

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer A dentist, a photographer and a historian join forces in search of local pottery in the Catawba Valley district, illustrated in their new book “Valley Ablaze.” Jason Harpe, executive director of the county’s Historical Association, and photographer Dawn Crouse started brainstorming ideas a couple years ago…

Starr set to teach final Master Gardener class

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Director Kevin Starr is preparing to set down his gardening gloves after his last Master Gardener class this fall, finishing up a 20-year run of teaching local residents how to tidy up their flower beds and appreciate local horticulture. There will be…

Naish becomes new pastor at First Christian

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While Lincoln County organic gardener Kathy Naish became an ordained pastor in 2007, obtaining a seminary degree from Gardner-Webb University’s School of Divinity, it wasn’t until this summer that she accepted a position as head pastor of a local church. Naish previously served as Pastor of…

McDonald’s gets zoning green light

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A second McDonald’s restaurant is one step closer to coming to Lincolnton, following a vote recommending approval from the city’s Planning Board Tuesday afternoon. The board voted unanimously to support approval of the fast-food chain’s request for a conditional-use rezoning of property on which to construct…

Defense lawyer says she’s in dark on details

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Murder suspect’s attorney: Too early to discuss plea JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A month after a double homicide shocked Lincolnton, the attorney of the man charged with the crime tells the Times-News that she has yet to see one case document. “I don’t even have the first page of a…

Getting a close-up look at local farms

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Tour takes trip to area farms AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer A handful of packed vans, and a string of vehicles following closely behind made their way around Lincoln and Catawba counties last week during Lincoln County Cooperative Extension’s farm tour. The four-stop route wrapped up Farm City Week — an…

Lincoln among counties in regional economic survey

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Citizens from 17 counties in the Charlotte region, including Lincoln County, are invited to participate in a survey about the local economy. Part of a joint effort between the Centralina Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the survey is seeking input in order…

Two charged in May break-in at ice cream shop

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man and woman have been charged with robbing a local ice cream and coffee shop earlier this year, police said. Earl Lee Bryson Brooks, 22, and Brittany Denise Pickelsimer, 21, both of 111 Hubbard Street, have been accused of breaking into Morgan’s Dairy Bar…

Police explain secrecy surrounding murder case

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SBI advised investigators to keep details hidden until trial JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While police originally kept tight-lipped about details surrounding this summer’s murder case, involving slain Lincolnton couple Mike and Bonnie Vincent, in order to keep potential witnesses from being “tainted,” investigators say they now are remaining mum on…

Suspect in hold-up arrested

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police placed a Lincolnton man, accused of using a handgun to threaten a man at a city hotel this past spring, behind bars Thursday. Warren Lamont Stowe, 19, of 413 Jennings Street, was jailed for one felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon for flashing…