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School Board to decide which districts will be on this year’s ballot

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   After unanimously approving a new set of election districts at December’s meeting, following months of contention, the Lincoln County Board of Education has to decide which of the new districts will be up for election this year. Karen Drum, clerk to the board, told the…

Sheriff’s program could help track missing adults

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will commence a new program this week targeted at better locating missing adults and children with memory-related illnesses. Local residents whose loved ones suffer from Alzheimer’s, Austim, Down’s Syndrome or dementia can participate in the new search and rescue program,…

North Brook Baptist Church celebrates century of worship

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   North Brook Baptist Church is set to recount a century’s worth of memories this Sunday for its 100th anniversary celebration. The mission-minded church, built between 1913 and 1918, was originally a small wooden structure with a tin roof and only eight wooden steps out front.…

Suspect charged in assault by strangulation

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies said a woman claimed three men assaulted her at a western Lincoln County residence earlier this month, including one man who held a gun to her head before strangling her. According to a report, deputies initially went to a home Friday on the 300 block…

Withdrawn city letter accused website of libel

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor A previously mysterious December closed-session action of the Lincolnton City Council turns out to have been a threat to sue a local website for allegedly libeling City Manager Jeff Emory, according to public records the Times-News obtained last week. A newly released draft of the letter…

DA Shaffer explains resignation from state commission

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County District Attorney Rick Shaffer wants to set the record straight about the reasons for his recent withdrawal from Gov. Beverly Perdue’s Crime Commission. He told the Times-News in a special interview Thursday that he felt Perdue’s veto last month of a bill containing amendments…

Rep. Saine sent warning to board members

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Outside pressure may have played a decisive role in the Lincoln County Board of Education’s sudden consensus last month on a new set of election districts for themselves, after months of division and consideration of 15 different proposed maps. The Times-News had learned that N.C. Rep.…

Runaway teen found, boyfriend arrested

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A runaway teen who left her western Lincoln County foster home Wednesday was located Friday at her boyfriend’s home in Burke County. Local Sheriff’s authorities said Burke County deputies located Molly Eileen Hill, 15, of the 800 block of North N.C. Highway 18, at 18-year-old Jonas…

County commissioners to consider park issues

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will consider a design contract for Rock Springs Park and a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) application for the proposed East Lincoln Rescue Park during tonight’s meeting. Erma Deen Hoyle, director of the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, will…

Deputies: Complaints lead to drug raid in Lincolnton

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Two teens were arrested Thursday night after Sheriff’s narcotics investigators said they raided a Lincolnton home where more than a dozen people were staying, seizing a half-pound of marijuana. According to a Sheriff’s Office press release, Devon Eugene Reedy, 18, and Ryan James…