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Anti-gay sermon draws crowds of protesters

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Those on both sides of issue respond after Maiden pastor calls for extermination JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “I wanted to be a counter-voice,” Pastor Ray McKinnon, of Hickory, told the Times-News at Sunday’s protest in Catawba County over local church leader Charles Worley’s controversial comments about gays and the President.…

A time to remember

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Deputies: Speeder tried to hide crack

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies arrested a Lincolnton man for cocaine possession Wednesday after stopping him for a speeding violation, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said they stopped the suspect’s vehicle around 10:30 p.m. near Iron Station Elementary School on N.C. 27. Lloyd Allen Stroupe, 63, of the 3200 block…

Planning for Boys, Girls Club in Lincolnton

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “We want to be the bridge to success for children with limited opportunities,” Shawn Newton told a room full of people at the Lincoln County Department of Social Services on Thursday night, during an informational fundraiser about bringing a local Boys & Girls Club to the…

Herndon retiring from classroom after 35 years in Lincoln County schools

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Expect the unexpected, keep promises to students, and do your homework, Catawba Springs Elementary teacher James Herndon advises whoever succeeds him. Herndon is grading his last exams, and submitting his final grades for his last batch of report cards, as he finishes his last school year.…

Charter school graduation

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State awards contract for N.C. 150 bridge

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Repairs necessary to help preserve the N.C. 150 bridge over the South Fork River in Lincolnton will be made possible following a contract awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. An announcement made by the department earlier this month stated that the $2.9 million contract,…

Groups plan protests over pastor’s comments

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Nearly 1,000 people are expected to attend Sunday’s protest against Maiden pastor Charles Worley’s Mother’s Day sermon on how to exterminate homosexuals. Hickory resident Laura Tipton, a 24-year-old social work major at Appalachian State University, told the Times-News Wednesday that she immediately organized the protest after…

Missing Lincolnton man’s body recovered from South Fork River

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Witnesses report last seeing man near waterway on Wednesday JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office confirmed late Thursday that a body recovered from a local river late this week was that of a missing Lincolnton man. Gaston County police and search and rescue teams assisted Lincoln County…

County discusses cost-of-living raises

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer During its budget work session Wednesday night, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners wrestled with a proposed cost-of-living adjustment for county employees. County Manager George Wood’s 2012-2013 budget currently calls for a 2.5 percent increase, which would be the first for employees in three years. In…