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Eagle Scout project restores local historical momument

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Jason Talbot knew he wanted his last Eagle Scout service project to have a lasting impact on his Lincoln County community before aging out of the scout program, he said. However, finding something that the 18-year-old could complete in time for local residents to appreciate…

Annual fried apple pie sales begin today

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Every August the smell of fried apple pies catches the attention of local residents in need of a sweet summer treat. A pie-selling fundraiser to get Lincoln County in the spirit for next month’s Apple Festival, kicks off Monday and will wrap up on…

Licorice recall won’t include Lincolnton area

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincolnton-based Lucky Country, a manufacturer of soft gourmet licorice, has announced a recall of one lot of the candy due to elevated levels of lead found in the product following a recent analysis, but reassures local customers that its distributors in North Carolina aren’t…

Byrd sentenced for child pornography

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Photos showed sexual violence to young children; federal authorities aren’t saying if victims are local   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A former Lincolnton merchant has been sentenced for his involvement in a national child pornography ring and will spend at least the next six years behind bars. A federal…

Schools review new standards for lunches

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Lincoln County Child Nutrition Director Byron Sackett assured the Board of Education at its meeting Wednesday night that local schools are ready and “fully compliant” with changes in cafeterias this upcoming school year. In response to new nutritional standards for meal requirements in the…

Documents reveal new details in double homicide

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Additional details surrounding last month’s double homicide in Lincolnton have continued to emerge as the Times-News reviews public documents in the case. Police charged Wilbert Lester Fair, 43, of Cloverleaf Lane in Lincolnton, Aug. 2 with two counts of first-degree murder in the slaying…

Legislators address business leaders

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Annual Chamber luncheon hosts state, federal lawmakers SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer State and national legislators gathered Wednesday at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Legislators Luncheon,” giving those in attendance a chance to hear about the issues straight from the source. U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, N.C. Rep. Jason Saine,…

Lincoln Charter gets top recognition for scores

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   While the 2011-2012 ABCs of Public Education Accountability Report showed some local schools in Lincoln County struggled on the assessment that was released last week, that wasn’t the case for Lincoln Charter School. LCS received the Honor School of Excellence level of recognition for…

New Apple Queen set to be crowned on Saturday

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  SARAH SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The time has come for a new Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen to be crowned, with this year’s pageant taking place 7 p.m. Saturday at the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton. The event is one of many leading up to the annual Apple…

2 charged with growing marijuana on porch

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies arrested a western Lincoln County duo on Tuesday for maintaining a marijuana-growing operation on their back porch, the Sheriff’s Office said. An employee with Rutherford Electric Corporation reported the operation to deputies after he had gone to the suspects’ residence July 24 at…