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Lincolnton firefighters get airport training

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton firefighters are now certified in airport rescue after completing a 40-hour training course last month at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Classes were held through Cleveland Community College and the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal. The N.C. Air National Guard and Charlotte Fire Department…

Ready for the ballgame

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City council will not pursue allegations against Emory

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council decided Thursday evening to not pursue allegations from an anonymous source that claimed City Manager Jeff Emory was receiving personal gifts in exchange for awarding contracts to a vendor. The decision to not look further into the claims came with a 3-1…

Jim Klein disputes Tillis’ endorsement of Saine

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS STAFF One race leading up to Tuesday’s primary may have gotten a bit more contentious this week. A dispute has arisen in the past few days regarding a letter of endorsement for a candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives from District 97. Jim Klein, a current member…

Coyotes becoming serious problem in Lincoln County

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “They are not going away,” Lincoln County Animal Control Officer Robert Maxwell told the Times-News Thursday about coyotes infiltrating the area. The state’s first coyote spotting occurred in Gaston County in the 1930s, but the species has since permeated all 100 North Carolina counties, according to…

Lincolnton drama club performs ‘Aida’

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Performance runs through Sunday at Citizen’s Center AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Aida, Walt Disney’s animated Egyptian fairytale that never made it to theatres, is brought to life by Lincolnton High’s drama club this weekend at the Citizen’s Center. Elton John’s musical numbers that will be recreated in the production range…

Imaging center closes after CMC buyout

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      SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Sound Imaging, a formerly freestanding clinic on North Grove Street in Lincolnton, closed last Friday after being purchased by Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln. Prior to the acquisition, the clinic, once named Blue Ridge Radiology, was the last independently owned imaging center in Western…

Federal agents assist in fire probe

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Federal authorities assisted local police and fire officials in investigating three fires that they believe were intentionally started by incendiary devices Thursday night in Lincolnton. According to Chief Mike Lee with Lincolnton Fire Department, firefighters responded to an extensive vehicle fire on Bonview…

Challenge to Judge Foster rejected

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer     A panel voted Friday morning not to accept a challenge to District Court Judge Anna (Dina) Foster’s residency and right to seek re-election. Lincoln County Board of Elections Director Bill C. Beam, who was an observer at the hearing, confirmed the ruling to…

Docket includes 4 major sex crime cases

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Four suspects accused in sexual crime cases are due to appear in Superior Court this week. Michael Brett Postell, 23, of 204 E. 1st Street in Cherryville, has been charged with indecent liberties with a child, statutory rape and first-degree kidnapping for…