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Voter registration drives go into schools

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Registration drives are being conducted at high schools across the state, including in Lincoln County, in an effort to add teenagers to voter rolls. The initiative, resulting from a state statute that became effective in 2010, has enabled more than 60,000 young adults to be eligible…

Farewell to the chief

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  Mike Lee retires as city of Lincolnton’s fire chief JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Following a more than three-decade career in public service, Lincolnton Fire Chief Mike Lee had his last day in the office on Monday but won’t officially retire until early next month. “I have really enjoyed serving…

Night of the bands

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  Preview event kicks off season of competitions AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer The weather is beginning to cool down and the fall season is under way, as are the high school band events around the county. Lincoln County marching band members are rehearsing, and tweaking their costumes in preparation for…

Sex offender charged for having Facebook accounts

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Maiden sex offender is accused of operating more than one Facebook account throughout the year, the Sheriff’s Office said this week. State laws don’t allow registered sex offenders to have any accounts with Facebook or other social media networks. Michael Perry McQuain Jr.,…

Unusual faces coming to downtown streets

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Residents and visitors of Lincoln County will soon see some odd faces in downtown Lincolnton. Pots on Parade, an exhibit showcasing 10 “life-sized” face jugs crafted by local potters and a few others from various parts of the state, will be available for public…

School board District 1 candidates respond to questions

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  LTN Staff reports   Lincoln County voters will be deciding this fall on which candidates for a range of federal, state and local offices they want to represent them. The Lincoln Times-News is surveying those office-seekers with questions related to issues they are likely to face if elected. Their…

The truth about living with MS

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Area multiple sclerosis sufferers talk about the challenges they face, while one of them rides to raise funds, and boost awareness of disease JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton resident Ann Wilson uses a walker and electric wheelchair to maintain her balance and assist with the chronic fatigue that plagues her…

Denver Days set to kick off 10th year Wed.

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer A completely new layout, some different vendors and a home-improvement alley will kick off the 10th anniversary of the Denver Days festival this week. This also marks the third year the Denver-Lake Norman Rotary Club has been responsible for the event, Club member Bob Hecht said.…

Youth sports coach charged in sexual assault on girl, 14

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 34-year-old southwestern Lincoln County man and former Optimist Club sports coach is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in January, the Sheriff’s Office said. Eddy Shane Heavner, 34, of 3944 Gaston Webbs Chapel Road, knew the victim and sexually assaulted her Jan. 8 at the…

Mayor Gilleland opens own real estate office downtown

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland recently decided to try his hand at a new role, one as a small-business owner. With a background in real estate at Coldwell Banker Lawing Associates, he figured it was time to continue in the industry using his own name. “(I thought)…