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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)…

Inmate charged with head-butting deputy

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Bessemer City man, who’s currently locked up for drug-related charges and breaking into a Lincolnton worship center late last year with two other suspects, has now been accused of injuring a deputy during a court appearance this week, according to Larry Seagle, public information officer…

Schools weigh costs, benefits of Asbury options

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Options for what to do about Asbury Alternative School and the condition of the building were mulled over Monday night as the Lincoln County Board of Education Building and Site Committee and local school officials hashed out ideas for the institution and how to make it…

Learning in an outdoor classroom

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Sixth-graders get crash course on conservation issues AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Lincoln County sixth-graders received bite-sized lessons on water, wildlife and other environmental topics during Conservation Field Day earlier this week at Betty Ross Park in Lincolnton. The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District and other local agriculture and conservation…

Gym padlocked over rental history dispute

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Cruz Fitness on East Main Street in Lincolnton closed Thursday morning, with padlocks on the doors and signs in the windows alerting customers of the gym to cancel their memberships. “I apologize for any inconvenience,” read a note from owner Salvador Cruz. The signs, which said…