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Newton man arrested for sex with teen

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Catawba County man is being held at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $125,000 bond, accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Darrick Wayne Fowler, 24, of 1719 Duke Street in Newton, was arrested on…

Cleared convict announces write-in candidacy for county sheriff

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County resident Anthony Huss announced, with a float in Lincolnton’s Independence Day parade, that he will run for the office of Lincoln County sheriff in the November election as a write-in candidate. “My biggest focus in on quality rather than quantity,” Huss said, citing the…

A Sticky Situation: Denver acupuncture business expands

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A Denver-based acupuncture clinic is celebrating its new location and expanding services. On July 10, AcuCare Clinic and its neighboring businesses will hold an open house, allowing community members an insight into healing practices such as acupuncture, massage therapy, counseling and Tai Chi. Almost three times…

Independence Day 2014

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Lincoln County celebrates Independence Day Check out more photographs from the Lincolnton and Crouse Independence Day parades on the Lincoln Times-News Facebook page.…

Happy Independence Day!

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Celebrating independence all year long

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer While many businesses are closing in preparation for the July 4 celebration, Salem Industries on Salem Church Road embraces the spirit of freedom every day. Though staff was on hand for an annual Independence Day celebration, held in the company’s offices on July 3, productivity was…

IST owner ready for 10,000-mile trip

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer In less than three weeks, Bryan McClure will be departing on a nearly 10,000-mile-long adventure to Homer, Alaska. His mode of transportation? His motorcycle, a 2014 Harley Davidson Street Glide. The owner of Iron Station Thunder, McClure has spent nearly a decade immersed in the motorcycle…

Business booming at Game Swap’s new location

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The storefront at 112 Court Square in Lincolnton has been home to several businesses over the years, but for Mike Payne, one of the owners of Game Swap, setting up shop in the heart of downtown meant coming full circle. In the location where Off the…

A rising motocross star

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Most 15-year-old girls have hobbies like cheerleading, soccer or horseback riding. But ask Melanie Hansen what she would rather be doing on any given day and the answer is surprising — motocross. The rising junior at West Lincoln High School has been riding since she was…

Policy changes coming for students, teachers

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A new technology policy could alter the digital landscape of classrooms in Lincoln County. During a June 25 policy committee meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Education voted to approve revisions to Policy 3220, Technology in the Education Program, and added a “Bring Your Own Technology…