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Little black spot on the sun

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The clouds parted and the sun shone so participants could watch the “transit of Venus” with special viewers handed out at the office of Lincolnton dentist Robert T. Cloninger on Tuesday. During the rare event, the planet Venus crossed directly between the Earth and the Sun. Although dangerous to observe…

Deputies: Bath salts a growing headache

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Dangerous drug in spotlight after face-chewing assault in Miami JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer With recent headlines about a man high on bath salts nearly gnawing off another man’s face in broad daylight last week in Miami, Lincoln County Sheriff Deputy M. Hill sat down with the Times-News on Friday to…

County to hear from public on budget

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County residents looking to voice their opinions on the proposed 2012-2013 budget may do so tonight at the meeting of the Board of Commissioners. County Manager George Wood presented his budget at the board’s previous meeting, with commissioners also having met for a special work…

Hog Happenin’ draws visitors

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The rumble of motorcycles and the smell of barbecue filled the streets of downtown Lincolnton during this years Hog Happenin’ over the weekend.…

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…