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Graduation day for class of 2012

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Lincoln Times-News photographers fanned out Saturday to the four Lincoln County public high school graduation events. Graduates applaud a humorous moment during Katherine Reeder’s salutatorian address at Lincolnton High.   East Lincoln graduate Shana Davy gets a kiss from her father, Harlow.…

Graduation day for class of 2012

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Lincoln Times-News photographers fanned out Saturday to the four Lincoln County public high school graduation events. The caps fly in a last hoorah at West Lincoln.   The reception of a diploma inspires Major Kay to give a touchdown dance on the field at North Lincoln.…

Tractor Supply has plans for old Wal-Mart

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Murphy Oil also seeks permit; but Fred’s Super Dollar to close SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The former Wal-Mart building in Lincolnton may soon be home to new business yet again. Tractor Supply Company has submitted a site plan and received a zoning permit to operate a store in the former…

Deputies: Man admits killing woman found in burned-out vehicle

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Catawba man has confessed to killing a young woman who was found dead inside a burned-out car northwest of Sherrills Ford on Thursday morning, deputies said. Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid confirmed with the Times-News on Friday that Jermaine Wilkes, 32, of 2282 Edna Street,…

Fawn rehabbers cope with mounting costs

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Vale resident Cletus Brown’s love for animals has prompted him to care for a variety of animals over the years, including pit bulls and ducks and currently deer, but with the recent economic slump, he’s in jeopardy of not renewing his fawn rehabilitator’s license for another…

Utility rates climb as city passes budget

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Council OKs intersection project in split vote SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer City taxes won’t be going up or down this year, but utility rates will nudge higher this year. The Lincolnton City Council unanimously approved City Manager Jeff Emory’s proposed 2012-2013 budget during its meeting Thursday night. With the vote…

FBI on scene after powder mailed to church

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were on the scene at a Maiden church Thursday after church officials received a letter containing an unknown white powder. The church is home to Pastor Charles Worley, who has achieved national notoriety after proposing to “get rid of” gays and…

Deputies find body inside burned car

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Catawba County deputies located a body inside a burned car in a wooded area northwest of Sherrills Ford Thursday morning. Sheriff Coy Reid would not release details about the victim or vehicle but said deputies are currently treating the case as a “suspicious death.” If the…

Taking a tour of Lincoln Co. farms

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Annual tour takes look at conservation AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer “People don’t think about where the food they’re eating is coming from when taking a bite,” said Patty Dellinger, district program coordinator of the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation. “They should stop and think — if it wasn’t for agriculture,…

Thief cut hole in store floor

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man is accused of cutting a hole through the floor of a local convenience store where police said he stole coins and cigarettes Wednesday morning. Lincolnton Police Detective Mark Sain told the Times-News Thursday afternoon that officers responded around 2 a.m. Wednesday to the…