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Maiden pastor stands by call against gays

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Protest forcing Catawba County ordinance change JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Catawba County pastor has refused to retract what some have called “hate speech” and “genocide,” references he made towards the gay community at his independent Baptist church in Maiden earlier this month, drawing protesters and national attention. Amid that…

Blaze displaces family; circumstances probed

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A house fire displaced a family of five over the holiday weekend after a kitchen fire started at a residence where deputies were simultaneously responding to a disturbance call. The incident occurred after 5 p.m. Sunday at a residence on the 2500 block of Woodland Hill…

Lincolnton repeats with Main Street designation

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincolnton is among several North Carolina cities to recently be designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for 2012 through the National Trust Main Street Center. In total, the state boasts 24 other local Main Street organizations to receive the national accreditation this year, according…

Annual 5K footrace to raise money for Hospice

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County hopes to raise $9,000 this weekend from their 3rd annual Run the Rail 5K Run/Walk event in Lincolnton. Last year, the nonprofit organization raised more than $6,300 from the event, according to Nancy Cole, special events manager for Hospice &…

Cliffside House Burns

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A home on Cliffside Trail between Lincolnton and Crouse suffered significant damage and left four people displaced after a fire broke out early Sunday morning. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.…

Anti-gay sermon draws crowds of protesters

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Those on both sides of issue respond after Maiden pastor calls for extermination JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “I wanted to be a counter-voice,” Pastor Ray McKinnon, of Hickory, told the Times-News at Sunday’s protest in Catawba County over local church leader Charles Worley’s controversial comments about gays and the President.…

A time to remember

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Deputies: Speeder tried to hide crack

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies arrested a Lincolnton man for cocaine possession Wednesday after stopping him for a speeding violation, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said they stopped the suspect’s vehicle around 10:30 p.m. near Iron Station Elementary School on N.C. 27. Lloyd Allen Stroupe, 63, of the 3200 block…

Planning for Boys, Girls Club in Lincolnton

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “We want to be the bridge to success for children with limited opportunities,” Shawn Newton told a room full of people at the Lincoln County Department of Social Services on Thursday night, during an informational fundraiser about bringing a local Boys & Girls Club to the…

Herndon retiring from classroom after 35 years in Lincoln County schools

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Expect the unexpected, keep promises to students, and do your homework, Catawba Springs Elementary teacher James Herndon advises whoever succeeds him. Herndon is grading his last exams, and submitting his final grades for his last batch of report cards, as he finishes his last school year.…