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Lincoln grand jury indicts Fla. man for rape of teen

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County grand jury indicted a Florida man Monday on rape charges in connection with a 2009 city case, police said. Officers initially served 41-year-old Juan Rafael Diaz a warrant July 19 with two felony counts each of statutory rape and sex offense, according to…

Improv troupe set to perform on Friday

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer “The language is German, and you are on a tour bus headed to the Grand Canyon for the first time,” Stacey Smith, co-founder of improv group Chasing Parked Cars, instructed her teammates during their practice Tuesday night. The group took turns playing games to get ready…

Teens charged for Klan graffiti

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two Lincoln County teens found themselves behind bars last week after deputies accused them of spray painting racial slurs in front of a property located along a popular area highway. Both Tommy Blake Cantrell, 17, of 5764 Hoover-Elmore Road in Vale, and Brandon Dell…

Break-in rate high during summer, detectives say

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   While overall break-ins in Lincoln County steadily declined over the last three years, they spiked this spring and have continued to transpire at a high rate over the summer months, keeping Sheriff’s Office detectives on their toes. In May, deputies investigated nearly 70 instances…

Lineberger recalled as hero, leader in community

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “He was a man of his word, and a handshake to him was as a good as a legalized document,” Laura Lineberger said of her late father and Lincolnton native Robert Lineberger, who died Saturday from melanoma at age 91. The 1936 Lincolnton High…

Poetry Lincolnton

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Newspaper launches electronic edition

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  Times-News staff reports   The Lincoln Times-News will be now available in an electronic format, beginning with today’s edition. The new “E-edition,” designed to be viewable on personal computers and tablet devices, is an electronic version of the entire physical paper, including the headlines, articles, photos, graphics, display advertisements,…

Charter school makes administrative changes, adds more teachers

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Lincoln Charter School is making some staffing changes heading into the upcoming school year. The growth of the school and the increased amount of administrative involvement were just a few of the reasons LCS will be welcoming new employees, while saying goodbye to none,…

Summer science camps focus on hands-on learning

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    AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   One hundred elementary school students across the county recently participated in Science and Technology Camp. The annual camp focuses on various sciences and using technology to study them, while incorporating what the children learned in their Monday through Thursday lessons. The group worked…

Operations for inventor of Pillowhold now based in Lincolnton

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    SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   “Disabled in body, but not in mind,” is the slogan for Lincolnton resident Ricky Taylor’s online business, and for good reason. Taylor has lived almost two decades confined to a wheelchair after he fell victim to three gunshots to the head from an…