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Sheriff’s Office expands to new location

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Sheriff’s Office will soon have administrative services available in the eastern part of the county. Starting June 4, civil process and administrative services will also be located in the Charlie District Office, located at 1889 North Highway 16 in Denver, a department press release said.…

County hesitant on Westport action

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Members of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners expressed some hesitancy during their meeting Monday night to pursue regulations regarding vacation rental homes within the county after receiving an update on complaints stemming from one such property in the Westport community of Denver. As previously reported,…

Commissioners to be updated on Wesport rental

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Members of the Westport community in Denver recently aired their complaints regarding disturbances stemming from a neighborhood vacation home before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. An update on the situation is expected to be given during the board’s meeting tonight. Remarks from several Westport homeowners…

Lincolnton man faces rape charges

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man has been accused of raping a physically helpless woman over a period of three months, deputies have said. Sheriff’s Detective Seth Bailey charged Steve Castillo, Jr., 32, of 706 Clark Creek Road, with three counts of second-degree rape. A department press release revealed…

Battle of Ramsour’s Mill reenactment

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Crime Stoppers recruiting board members

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Crime Stoppers of Lincolnton-Lincoln County is currently recruiting additional board members to aid local law enforcement in crime solving. “This has been one of the most proactive things to happen for the citizens in a very long time,” Sheriff David Carpenter said of the organization. “It’s…

Meeting called to revisit resource officer

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor The Lincolnton City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday to revisit its recent decision eliminating city funding for the School Resource Officer program at Lincolnton High. Council members voted 3-1 during a budget session last week to abandon the program, despite vigorous protest from…

Deputies: Good Samaritan rounds up thieves

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County man helped deputies apprehend two out-of-county residents accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home on the city’s northeastern end Tuesday. Deputies said they arrested Larry Jabar Hall, 29, of 208 Lincoln Street in Belmont, and Alan Craig Parker, 29, of 510 N. Piedmont…

Running the Special Olympics torch

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McDonald’s plans site in Boger City

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Another international fast-food chain is currently eyeing a location on East Main Street in Boger City. Lincolnton Zoning Administrator Mark Carpenter told the Times-News Wednesday that he had spoken with representatives of McDonald’s regarding property located near the intersection of Salem Church Road and Main Street.…