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Pharmacy tech accused of stealing hydrocodone

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local pharmacy technician and her husband were placed behind Lincoln County bars last week after deputies said she was stealing medication from her workplace for the couple. Cynthia Loftis Wooten, 47, and David Bryan Wooten, 51, both of 703 Allen Lane in Lincolnton, were jailed…

Catawba convict tied to Denver break-ins

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A man found guilty last month of breaking into Catawba County vehicles has also been arrested on seven felony charges for similar crimes that took place in Lincoln County. Deputies have charged Alexander Scott Haymaker, 19, of 3681 Chevlot Hills Road in Sherrills Ford, with breaking…

County shop closes due to asbestos, lead paint

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Parks and Recreation and Public Works shop on West Church Street in Lincolnton has been temporarily closed due to the possibility of loose lead-based paint and asbestos flooring tiles within the building. Closure of the shop, located at 330 W. Church Street, was…

YMCA opens Camp Creekside

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Aaron Ingram, 9, of Lincolnton has a soccer ball painted on his face Saturday during the grand opening festivities for the Lincolnton YMCA’s Camp Creekside facility.…

Gearing up for Hog Happenin’

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Ray Gora / Lincoln Times-News North Brook Pigskinners team members Leslie and Daniel Houser and Michael Hull wheel in a smoker in downtown Lincolnton as they get ready for this weekend’s Hog Happenin’ barbecue activities. Annual pork and bike festival gets under way tonight SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Come rain…

Ryan’s closes Lincolnton restaurant

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Ryan’s on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton abruptly closed for business Wednesday morning, leaving its more than 30 employees without jobs. Melissa Sheer, spokeswoman for Buffets, Inc., the nation’s largest steak-buffet restaurant company and parent company of Ryan’s, told the Times-News on Wednesday that the…

Mother, baby die in head-on crash

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol have released the names of a mother and her infant daughter who were killed this week in a crash on N.C. 150 near the Lincoln/Catawba County line. Tisa Michelle Strickland, 26, and her 1-year-old daughter Payton Michelle Dellinger…

Police: Man drowned looking for treasure

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Gaston County authorities have determined that a Lincolnton man, whose body was found in a local river’s water shoot near the Lincoln/Gaston County line earlier this month, died while searching for what he thought was a safe in the water. “This appears to be a very…

YMCA outdoor recreation center set to open on Saturday

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Starting Saturday, Lincolnton YMCA members will be able to enjoy at least five more acres of play area with the facility’s grand opening of phase I of its Camp Creekside Outdoor Recreation Center. “The new outdoor recreation center will add a whole new dimension to the…

Alive after 5

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