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Aspiring Lincolnton caterer appears on Stewart’s TV show

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton resident and aspiring caterer Anna Mullen served as Martha Stewart’s cooking partner earlier this month during a live television broadcast of one of the domestic connoisseur’s weekday shows. Mullen and her neighbor Melissa Dempster, a Martha Stewart enthusiast, decided to sign-up in December for audience…

Special Olympians on a roll

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Video shows grave robbers, deputies say

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County deputies are looking for two men who stole nearly a dozen burial vaults earlier this week from a Lincolnton cemetery. The incident is the fourth theft on the property since late last year, deputies said. According to a Sheriff’s Office…

Fire strikes old grocery store

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Fire officials are investigating what started a blaze that incinerated a former Lincoln County grocery store Wednesday afternoon. The incident occurred sometime between noon and 1 p.m. at a storage building, previously Rinks Grocery, located at 4376 Maiden Highway, authorities said. Crews with North…

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…