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City nears decision on ‘tough’ budget

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Morning, evening meetings Thursday SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer After receiving public comment on the proposed 2012-2013 budget during its meeting Thursday evening, the Lincolnton City Council is expected to take a vote on the city’s financing for next year. Earlier in the day, council members will meet to discuss last-minute…

Thieves take electronics in Denver biz break-in

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies are investigating a break-in at a Denver business over the weekend, which resulted in stolen electronics and other items. The incident took place Sunday at Red Rooster Consignment, located at 7912 Unity Church Road in Denver. Deputies responded to the site in reference to an…

Distance-learning proposal wins grant for Rock Springs

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer A unique proposal of technology use in classrooms and a highly effective staff put a local elementary school on the map to becoming a partner with a national organization, said Drew Polly, co-director of the UNC-Charlotte Professional Development Schools (PDS) network. Chosen as one of 15…

Little black spot on the sun

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The clouds parted and the sun shone so participants could watch the “transit of Venus” with special viewers handed out at the office of Lincolnton dentist Robert T. Cloninger on Tuesday. During the rare event, the planet Venus crossed directly between the Earth and the Sun. Although dangerous to observe…

Deputies: Bath salts a growing headache

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Dangerous drug in spotlight after face-chewing assault in Miami JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer With recent headlines about a man high on bath salts nearly gnawing off another man’s face in broad daylight last week in Miami, Lincoln County Sheriff Deputy M. Hill sat down with the Times-News on Friday to…

County to hear from public on budget

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County residents looking to voice their opinions on the proposed 2012-2013 budget may do so tonight at the meeting of the Board of Commissioners. County Manager George Wood presented his budget at the board’s previous meeting, with commissioners also having met for a special work…

Hog Happenin’ draws visitors

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The rumble of motorcycles and the smell of barbecue filled the streets of downtown Lincolnton during this years Hog Happenin’ over the weekend.…

Pharmacy tech accused of stealing hydrocodone

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local pharmacy technician and her husband were placed behind Lincoln County bars last week after deputies said she was stealing medication from her workplace for the couple. Cynthia Loftis Wooten, 47, and David Bryan Wooten, 51, both of 703 Allen Lane in Lincolnton, were jailed…

Catawba convict tied to Denver break-ins

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A man found guilty last month of breaking into Catawba County vehicles has also been arrested on seven felony charges for similar crimes that took place in Lincoln County. Deputies have charged Alexander Scott Haymaker, 19, of 3681 Chevlot Hills Road in Sherrills Ford, with breaking…

County shop closes due to asbestos, lead paint

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Parks and Recreation and Public Works shop on West Church Street in Lincolnton has been temporarily closed due to the possibility of loose lead-based paint and asbestos flooring tiles within the building. Closure of the shop, located at 330 W. Church Street, was…