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Local, state leaders celebrate at airport

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The Lincoln Economic Development Association celebrated with city, county, state and airport officials on Friday as they recognized the completion of sewer services to the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Airport and to the county’s future fourth major industrial park in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Prior…

Board of Education to hear Asbury update

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Education will receive an update regarding the Design Build Contract for Asbury Alternative School on Tuesday. The Times-News previously reported that the Lincoln County Board of Education voted at its March meeting to begin contract negotiations with R.J. Leeper Construction,…

Mug sale benefits local animal shelter

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   For the 17th year in a row, a local pottery shop is raising money for the abused, neglected and surrendered animals of Lincoln County. Rising Sun Pottery, located at 207 South Academy Street in Lincolnton, will host “Mugs for Mutts & Cups for Cats,”…

Lincolnton, Maiden banks robbed

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police have identified a man accused of robbing a bank in Lincolnton Thursday morning before fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle. Officers have secured a felony warrant against Jean Pierre Gendron, 49, for robbery with a dangerous weapon, consider him “dangerous,” according…

Spring has finally sprung

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Council approves rezoning for 56-unit apartment complex

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   City Council members unanimously approved an applicant’s request for a conditional-use rezoning permit at their meeting Thursday night to allow the construction of a 56-unit multifamily residential development. The 9.77-acre property is located on the west side of North Generals Boulevard and is…

Drunk driver charged with dragging deputy with vehicle

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  Nelson   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Catawba County man intoxicated by alcohol used his vehicle to drag a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy several feet down an area roadway after refusing to comply with officers during a traffic stop Wednesday night, the Sheriff’s Office said. The incident took…

Woman charged with stealing motorcycle, trailer 2 years later

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two years after deputies said a Gaston County woman stole a Lincoln County trailer containing a motorcycle, the suspect has been apprehended and placed in jail. Kimberly Michelle Richmond, 29, of 1009 Wilson Blvd. in Dallas, was issued warrants in the case on Tuesday,…

City recreation program encourages walking

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer   A group of Lincoln County residents are on a “Journey to Alaska” as part of a City Parks and Recreation Department walking program, delayed last summer because of severe flooding. Nathan Eurey, program director for the Recreation Department and leader of the group “Let’s…

Zoning issues coming before county commissioners

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Planning Board will hold public hearings on Monday to consider several rezoning and permit requests. Applicant Ralph Dickson is requesting to rezone a 0.92 acre parcel from General Industrial to Neighborhood Business. The property is located at…