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Murder suspect to be back in court Tues.

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A murder suspect accused of stabbing a friend at his Lincolnton residence last month is expected to make his second appearance in Lincoln County district court Tuesday morning. Gary Clinton Farmer, 54, of 346 Grandview Lane allegedly used an unknown sharp object to stab to death…

Lawyer: City acted in violation of state law

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Action taken in closed session at Thursday’s Lincolnton City Council meeting appears to be at odds with the North Carolina Open Meetings Law. A legal expert specializing in that statute has advised the Times-News that the city acted illegally. The question of legality stems from…

Students create natural habitat

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Mike Dunn, a botanist with the N.C. Museum of Natural History in Raleigh, talks with Kiser Intermediate students in Lincolnton last month. MARTHA K. SEAGLE Staff Writer Students at Kiser Intermediate School in Lincolnton experienced science “hands on” recently as they created a natural habitat on the school grounds. Mike…

No pay increase for city manager

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City sending letter to online publication to protest criticism of Emory SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council decided to extend City Manager Jeff Emory’s contract but did not offer him any increase in pay. Following the more than two-hour closed session conducted before the end of the…

FBI being called in after 2nd threat to bomb LCS

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Authorities have decided to contact the FBI after a second bomb threat this week targeted Lincoln Charter School. Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News Friday morning that an email was sent to school officials at the charter school’s middle and high school campus in Denver…

County veterans office on the move

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Veterans Services Office is moving today to the first floor of the Medical Arts Building on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton, located adjacent to the old hospital. Following the relocation, the office will reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 7. In a notice delivered to…

Lincolnton man faces child sex charges in Gaston Co.

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln County man may be spending the holidays in jail this month after Gaston County authorities booked him under a $1 million dollar bond Tuesday for sexually abusing two children in the county in November. Heath Charles Payseur, 22, of 3106 Wesleyan Church Road…

Denver church reaches out to S.C. prison inmates

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One Denver church is reaching out to inmates at a South Carolina prison this season with hopes of spiritually encouraging them through a simple holiday dinner. New Destiny Community Church has been volunteering with the Holiday Dinner Program at Kershaw Correctional Institution in Kershaw, S.C.,…

Picking out a Christmas tree

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A trip to the farm in Iron Station MARTHA K. SEAGLE Staff Writer   The sounds and smells of Christmas are in the air at Cedar Lake Tree Farm in Iron Station, where area residents are in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Bill and Ruth Cline operate the farm,…

Police arrest 3 for theft of car parts

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have arrested three people accused of stealing car parts for scrap metal earlier this month from a Lincolnton towing company. On Wednesday, detectives apprehended Jason Self, 29, of 5142 Flay Road in Lincolnton, at the magistrate’s office while he was being sentenced for two felony…