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Police arrest 3, crack down on teen drinking

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police arrested three people and issued more than a dozen citations for underage drinking in connection with a rowdy party over the weekend at a Lincolnton residence. After receiving multiple calls around midnight Sunday regarding illegal drinking and drug use in the area, police quickly responded…

YMCA program focuses on reading

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Schools, Y team up to improve skills AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Twenty-four students from Iron Station and Catawba Springs elementary schools, ranging from (rising) Kindergartners to second-graders, are working on their reading skills during a free, five-week camp this summer. For the first time, Lincoln County is welcoming the YMCA’s…

Hospital invites public to ‘walk with a doc’

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The first-ever “Walk with a Doc” program in Lincoln County is taking place Saturday morning at Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, allowing citizens the opportunity to get some exercise while discussing their medical concerns with local physicians. Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute adopted the nonprofit,…

Legislators talk with Lincoln Co. seniors

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, and Sen. Chris Carney of the N.C. Senate’s 44th District fielded questions from senior citizens of Lincoln County during a town hall meeting Tuesday afternoon. The N.C. General Assembly’s short session wrapped up last week, and both Saine and Carney, a…

Mathews new head pastor at Ivey Memorial UMC

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Jim Mathews is already a seasoned trumpet player, journalist, photographer, communications director, college sports information director and salesman, but starting Sunday, he’ll take on the role of head pastor at Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church in north-central Lincoln County. The Charlotte native received his license to…

Schools to look at way to boost teacher jobs

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education will consider Wednesday whether to approve a program that could fund more teaching positions in the county, the Local Education Agency Adjustment Reduction. The board’s Budget and Finance Committee previously discussed the $2.8 million allotment the reduction would provide in…

Cash Mob celebrates Independents

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Woman charged with taking employer’s jewelry

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County deputies placed a Mecklenburg County woman behind bars last week after accusations that she took more than $30,000 in jewelry from an eastern Lincoln County home where deputies said she worked as a housekeeper for nearly a decade and a half. Mubeen Khan Davis,…

Sheriff’s Explorer Post headed for Colorado

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 700 will be Colorado-bound this weekend for the group’s inaugural trip to the 2012 National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference. Explorer Post 700, established in the county in April 2008 for teens 14 and up interested in pursuing a law…

Merger of mental-health groups completed

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A merger more than a year in the making of three local management entities (LMEs) working with mental-health care and related issues became effective July 1 and will now be serving citizens in eight different counties, including Lincoln County. As the Times-News previously reported, Gastonia-based Pathways…