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Apple Festival draws a crowd

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County to weigh historic designation for area buildings

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will consider designating two local structures as historic landmarks during its meeting tonight. The properties in question include the Hopkins House on Pine Street in Lincolnton and the Graham Round Barn on Beth Haven Church Road in Catawba…

Deputy: Serving warrant, noticed marijuana plant

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies spotted a marijuana plant at a southwestern Lincoln County residence during a visit to serve a civil warrant, the Sheriff’s Office said. While attempting to serve the legal document at a home on the 800 block of Old Lincolnton Crouse Road, Deputy Dennis…

New wing gets Iron Station students out

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   After months of planning and renovations, all Iron Station Elementary students will now be in the same building, thanks to the construction of a new wing at the local school that wrapped up recently. Six full-scale classrooms, work and resource rooms and restrooms were…

Police: Sting catches restaurant owner moonlighting as prostitute

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton police teamed up with two neighboring agencies to carry out a sting operation this week at a city hotel, resulting in the arrest of a Shelby restaurant owner for soliciting an undercover officer for sex. Officers charged Elizabeth Ann Winter, 54, of 103 Leesburg Court…

40th Apple Festival set for Saturday

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer As vendors set up their tables, apple pies are carefully taken out of the oven in the Cooperative Extension kitchen, Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Melinda Houser reflects on 40 years ago — when she first presented the idea of an…

Furniture company opens its doors

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Owner Bruce Cochrane says verdict still out on venture after a year, with hurdles including difficult regulatory climate, but company expects to grow, remains dedicated to furniture ‘Made in America’ SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincolnton Furniture Company hosted an open-house celebration Wednesday morning, more than a year after owner and…

2 die after pickup runs off road in Vale

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Troopers said speed was at least one of the contributing factors in a wreck that left two people dead Wednesday afternoon on N.C. 10 in the northwestern corner of Lincoln County. Larry Cook, 42, of 2743 Lynn Mountain View Road in Vale, and Eric Timothy Hicks,…

Candidates for U.S. Congress 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 answers will…

Schools aim to create strategy for ‘globally competitive’ students

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Globally competitive students who are taught by 21st-century professionals in a classroom where new technologies are used, are part of the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan for Lincoln County Schools (LCS) that was discussed at the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night. Superintendent Sherry Hoyle, Assistant Superintendents Elaine…