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Gaston College campuses now tobacco-free

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   With the new year comes changes for Gaston College. As of Jan. 1, all of the school’s campuses, including Lincolnton’s, are now tobacco-free. The college’s Student Government Association pushed for the initiative, becoming one of roughly 30 tobacco-free campuses of the North Carolina community college…

Push is on for local Boys and Girls Club

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County resident and Department of Social Services worker Shaun Newton is heading the effort to bring a Boys & Girls Club program to Lincoln County. Newton knows first-hand the benefits of such an organization after spending six years of his childhood at the Boys and…

First Lincoln County birth of 2012

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’12 sizing up as unrivaled year in N.C. politics

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RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina voters may never feel more loved — or pestered — in 2012 by politicians and others anxious to persuade them on electoral choices. The state is on the cusp of an unparalleled year in politics, anchored by the Democratic National Convention gathering in Charlotte in…

Embers blamed for fire in laundry room

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Burning embers led to a laundry room fire Thursday at a residence in the northeastern part of the city. County EMS Manager Bill Summers said the fire appeared to be accidental in nature and was the second occurrence that day at the home, located at 713…

Four more charged in police drug roundup

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Four more suspects have been charged in connection with Lincolnton Police’s drug round-up for the year. Starting early last month, authorities sought-after close to 100 individuals wanted on nearly 400 charges in a 16-day operation headed by local police but aided by various law enforcement…

Wave of closings spares Lincolnton Sears

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Despite last week’s announcement by Sears Holdings Corp. that it would be closing more than 100 stores across the country, it looks like Lincolnton’s Sears Home Services should be safe. An associate with the Lincolnton store, located on East Main Street, told the Times-News Friday…

Starting 2012 off with a bang

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Starting 2012 off with a bang

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2012 Medicare debate is all about baby boomers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Baby boomers take note: Medicare as your parents have known it is headed for big changes no matter who wins the White House in 2012. You may not like it, but you might have to accept it. Dial down the partisan rhetoric and surprising similarities emerge from…