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Airport execs talk big plans

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport has big plans in store for the coming year, including the installation of a new glide-slope system that will allow more planes to land during bad weather. Airport Manager Joe Tate and Martin Eaddy of the Airport Authority presented…

Worshippers observe start of Lent

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Worshippers participated in Ash Wednesday services at many Lincoln County churches this week, marking the start of the Christian Lenten season. Nearly 100 people received ashes in a cross formation on their foreheads during a service at First United Methodist in Lincolnton. “It’s…

Gospel bluegrass musicians hope to aid cancer patient

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   John Cockman and his five children have been playing Gospel bluegrass music together for decades, including several special performances on PBS television. The Sherrills Ford natives and North Carolina Council of the Arts Touring Artist group will be lighting up the stage and setting…

Celebrating 100 years of girl scouts

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Girl Scouts are gearing up to celebrate the national organization’s 100-year anniversary with a number of planned events in coming weeks. Joyce Ledford, who leads Girl Scout Troop #20740, said there are various local events scheduled that will help to commemorate…

National spotlight on Maiden

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    Tech giant Apple boasts of solar farm under construction SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Apple plans to build at 100-acre solar array to surround and power its new data center off Startown Road in Maiden, just north of the Lincoln-Catawba County line, the tech giant revealed Monday when it…

Woman describes escape from icy water

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Erica Kennedy will never forget this week’s winter weather after she found herself submerged in icy water following a vehicle accident near the Lincoln/Catawba County line Monday morning. “I could be better,” she told the Times-News in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. The 23-year-old…

Crouse man could face life in federal prison

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln County man, set to appear in federal court Thursday, could spend life in prison for allegedly using a gun to rob a South Carolina bank last month. According to the United States District Attorney’s Office in South Carolina, a federal grand jury…

County takes cautious steps on Thread Trail

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer After much heated discussion, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to accept a $46,000 grant from the Carolina Thread Trail for the purchase of easements for a local segment of the trail. The discussion centered on the issue of maintenance of the segment…

Up to 30 yrs. in prison for sexual assault on toddler

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A man who sexually assaulted a young girl in Lincoln County two years ago was sentenced late last week to a maximum of three decades behind bars. Frank Gene Seagle, 48, of 282 Victory Grove Church Road in Lincolnton, was found guilty Thursday in…

Jolley sees pageant wins as opportunity for her to help others

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One local Mayor’s four simple words inspired former Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen and North Lincoln graduate Sara Jolley to establish a pageant platform that crowned her Miss Gardner-Webb 2012 at the end of January. While Jolley, a senior Public Relations major…