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Expanded Habitat effort in Lincoln Co. planned

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Contributed Denver resident Bill Lifsey hangs a coconut in the Habitat for Humanity home of a family in India. Lifsey is scaling back some of his international Habitat projects this year to focus on Lincoln County. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Bill Lifsey, Denver resident and dedicated worker for Lincoln County’s…

School Board splits on elections

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3-2 decision angers Clayton Mullis, whose alternative plan was rejected SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education decided in a split vote Wednesday night which districts from the new redistricting plan will be up for election this year. Following a motion by board member George Dellinger proposing…

Police looking for gunman after home invasion

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police are looking for a man accused of pointing a gun at a teen girl before robbing her Lincolnton residence late Tuesday night. According to Det. Mark Sain, both a 14-year-old girl and her younger sister were home alone on the 700 block of Lincoln Street…

Police: Meth lab found in vehicle

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton Police said they arrested a man Wednesday morning after discovering he had been cooking methamphetimines in a lab inside his vehicle for almost a day. Authorities also said  they believe he is responsible for a second lab found behind his residence Thursday morning. Sgt. Matt…

Missing teen found in Calif.

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies have confirmed that a missing Lincoln County teen, who ran away from her father’s Denver home in December, fled to California. Law enforcement authorities in Oakland, Calif., confirmed with Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives Wednesday that 16-year-old Kyrsha Elizabeth “Kitt” Allen, of River Park Road in…

Tracking project for missing persons tested on autistic boy

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer City and county officials along with local media got the opportunity to observe how the county’s new Lifesaver Project operates through a special demonstration Thursday at the Sheriff’s Office. The project, which commenced this week, is aimed at better helping law enforcement agencies locate individuals with…

Vandals not to blame at courthouse

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Anyone passing by the Lincoln County Courthouse may notice missing panes within the building’s two arc-shaped windows on both its east and west sides. Lincoln County Clerk of Superior Court Fred Hatley told the Times-News Wednesday that he has received numerous enquiries about the state of…

Local events planned for MLK Day

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Celebrations for the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will soon be popping up across the nation, with Lincoln County festivities set to take place at the Cultural Center throughout the latter part of the weekend and into the early part of next week. The…

County looks at move into old hospital

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 The former hospital facility on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton has been vacant since Carolinas Medical Center moved into its new building in Boger City in mid-2010. The county is considering moving many of its offices to the location.   SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was…

Deputies: Vale man tried to kill 2 in Newton

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Vale man is being held behind Catawba County bars under a $1 million bond after he was charged with two-counts of attempted murder over the weekend. Toby Dwight Smith, 42, of 3167 Ledford Road in Vale, was taken into custody after Catawba County Sheriff Coy…