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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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Edwards acquitted on 1 count, mistrial on others

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GREENSBORO (AP) — John Edwards’ campaign finance fraud case ended in a mistrial Thursday when jurors acquitted him on one of six charges but were unable to decide whether he misused money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress while he ran for president. The trial exposed a…

An American holiday in Lincolnton

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Maiden pastor stands by call against gays

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Protest forcing Catawba County ordinance change JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Catawba County pastor has refused to retract what some have called “hate speech” and “genocide,” references he made towards the gay community at his independent Baptist church in Maiden earlier this month, drawing protesters and national attention. Amid that…

Blaze displaces family; circumstances probed

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A house fire displaced a family of five over the holiday weekend after a kitchen fire started at a residence where deputies were simultaneously responding to a disturbance call. The incident occurred after 5 p.m. Sunday at a residence on the 2500 block of Woodland Hill…

Lincolnton repeats with Main Street designation

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincolnton is among several North Carolina cities to recently be designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for 2012 through the National Trust Main Street Center. In total, the state boasts 24 other local Main Street organizations to receive the national accreditation this year, according…