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Fall festival where the alpacas roam

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Iron Station ranchers, Mike and Shelly Walsh, are taking on a new fete this weekend, as they host their first fall festival. Good Karma Alpaca Ranch Fall Festival will feature local vendors and artists, full-face painting, pumpkin decorating and livestock, such as horses, llamas and…

City manager: Dispute over political sign only about the property line

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  FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   A Lincolnton couple is claiming a city official who happens to be their neighbor gave them a hard time this week over their choice of political signs, but others are saying that’s not what happened. That neighbor, City Manager Jeff Emory, told the Times-News…

RATO picks Lincoln, to bring 450 jobs

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Denver Global Products, acquired by China-based RATO as a subsidiary earlier this year, has chosen Lincoln County to locate its manufacturing, distribution and research and development operations, bringing with it 450 jobs over the next four years. The decision was announced by the office…

10 cases of E.coli in Lincoln County

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The number of Lincoln County residents infected with E. coli after attending the Cleveland County Fair has doubled since Sunday afternoon, rising from five detected cases to 10 as of Tuesday afternoon. This update comes after the North Carolina Department of Health and Human…

Woman reports robber put gun to her head

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies are searching for a man they said put a gun to a woman’s head and robbed her Saturday morning at her Lincoln County residence. The victim, Virgina Ruth Stamey, told one of the suspects to come to her home in north-central Lincoln County…

Picking out pumpkins

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Early voting starts Thursday

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Early voting for November’s general election gets under way Thursday at 8 a.m., continuing on through 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Lincoln County Elections Director Bill Beam told the Times-News on Tuesday that, as with any presidential-election year, he expects a large turnout for…

Elections policy shift could mean Jenkins’ win

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  FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   Tony Jenkins appears slated for victory in his bid to return to the Lincoln County Board of Education, following a change in how elections officials will handle the withdrawal of his opponent. Jenkins, a Lincolnton Republican who had previously served on the board from…

County splits on Woodcock Farms plan

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Despite complaints from nearby residents, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved the Woodcock Farms small-area plan in a split vote Monday night. Having tabled the item at their Sept. 17 meeting, commissioners took up the issue again after receiving an update from Zoning…

Fires strike homes in east and west

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Fire consumed two Lincoln County homes in separate incidents in recent days, forcing officials from the Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate each scene. On Tuesday, crews from Denver, Pumpkin Center and East Lincoln Fire Departments responded to a blaze around 10 a.m. on…