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2nd-grade chef’s rice dessert in nat’l contest

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Luke Custer, a second-grade student at Pumpkin Center Primary School is more than comfortable in the kitchen. And now, he’s putting his cooking capabilities to good use by entering a contest that could win his school a cafeteria makeover. As part of the Uncle…

Folk artist’s work slated for local exhibit

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton artist Kathy Richards uses jugs to create art; starting March 9 she’ll be sharing her unique jug creations and paintings with the community through an exhibit at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Richards hands have been sculpting pottery for more than three decades without…

Caterers move business to Denver

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Chillin & Grillin, a catering company owned by Iron Station couple Jaime and Deana Lyon, has relocated to Denver and will be hosting an open house Saturday to showcase its new space. Formerly based out of a shared kitchen in Charlotte, the company is…

Vantage point

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    State Trooper Brian Huffstickler aims his radar gun at vehicles traveling Thursday along N.C. 16 in Denver. He was working as part of a collaborative operation with troopers from Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties aimed at cracking down on speeding violations on the highway.…

Tape reveals dispute in city meeting

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  New light cast on accusations that sparked libel threat FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   “I understand, mayor, you’re not going to do anything to support me, that’s loud and clear; I’m good with that,” Lincolnton City Manager Jeff Emory told Mayor John Gilleland Jr. during an emotional closed session…

More file for office as window set to close

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  FRANK TAYLOR and SARAH LOWERY Times-News staff   A flurry of last-second candidate filing activity Monday and Tuesday significantly increased the number of area office-seekers. Among those throwing their hats in the ring for the 2012 election year are a Denver candidate for governor and two additional candidates for…

New look for Jonas Library

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Library in Lincolnton recently completed most planned renovations     SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Charles R. Jonas Library in Lincolnton recently completed most of its renovations, and already is attracting more visitors who are taking advantage of its new-and-improved amenities. “It’s so much more inviting,” Jackie Shaw, supervisor…

Suspect is 3rd charged in church break-in

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A third suspect has been arrested in connection with a December break-in at a Lincolnton church. Brandon Scott Barnette, 20, of Story Woods Road in Lincolnton, was apprehended Friday. He and two other suspects are accused of breaking into Without Walls Freedom Center on…

Murder, rape case hearings set for Monday

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Both a murder suspect and a woman accused of statutory rape are slated to appear in Lincoln County Superior Court next week. John Paul Gaddy, 25, of 1145 Oakbrook Lane in Denver, and Marilyn Elizabeth Brinkley, 48, of 2146 Vest Street in Lincolnton, will…

House of Hope faces hearing on city permit

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council is set to conduct three public hearings and take action on a proposed contract regarding lighting fees at the Lincoln campus of Gaston College during its meeting Thursday night. First on the agenda is a hearing for a request for…