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State Senate candidates respond to questions

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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 answers will be published in…

Region to feel impact of DNC

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   After much preparation, speculation and anticipation, the 2012 Democratic National Convention kicks off this week in Charlotte, with official duties scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Though much of the hype has centered on the host city, the impact of the DNC is already being…

Fourth break-in suspect at large

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One of four suspects remains at large, wanted on felony charges, after police investigators said they group broke into the old Moose Lodge building last week on the city’s northern end. Officers have already charged Brittany Rose Graham, 25, of 8142 Parkview Lane in…

Bluegrass bands battle in West Lincoln

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Schools report smooth first week of classes

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Lincoln County public schools enjoyed a fairly smooth first week of the 2012-2013 school year last week, with no distractions to take away from instructional time, according to Superintendent Sherry Hoyle. Excited students and staff were apparent throughout the area as teachers prepared for…

Preparing for the unthinkable

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  Lincoln Co. emergency responders ready in case disaster strikes DNC   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer If terrorism or other disasters threaten to disrupt the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week, Lincoln County emergency response workers will be ready to spring into action. They trained earlier this year to…

Project to preserve historic accounts

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Joel Thomas’ scout project records conversations with WW2 veterans AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Fourteen-year-old Joel Thomas is taking his interest in history to new heights with a service project he hopes will help him become an Eagle Scout, he said. Thomas is interviewing World War II veterans, some of whom…

Denver couple among NC delegation to RNC

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Republican National Convention in Tampa officially wrapped up Thursday night, with Mitt Romney formally accepting his party’s nomination during a speech before the gathered delegates from across the country. In that crowd were Lincoln County’s own Susanne and Jerry Sellers of Denver. Susanne Sellers,…

Court Street Grille to expand into Catawba

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Court Street Grille has been a staple of downtown Lincolnton since it opened in 2003. Now, owner Osama Yousef is looking to expand on the restaurant’s success by opening a second location in Catawba County. Yousef told the Times-News on Wednesday that he expects the…

Wright takes interim helm at Arts Council

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Over the last three weeks, Kae Wright has been a busy woman. The wife, mother and grandmother has been standing in for the Arts Council of Lincoln County (ACLC) as its interim Director. Wright is filling up her to-do list, as she works on…