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Commissioners: Shall we pray?

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Commissioner Jim Klein bows his head during the invocation at the start of Monday’s county meeting.   Courts leave counties uncertain of invocation legality SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A recent court decision regarding sectarian prayer at government sessions may prohibit the types of invocations given before meetings of the…

Police: String of break-ins not work of ‘rocket scientists’

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  Broken glass litters the sidewalk outside one of the downtown Lincolnton stores broken into early Tuesday.   Crimes may have been bungled attempt to access jewelry store   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police are investigating a handful of break-ins that occurred early Tuesday morning at businesses located along…

County facing loss of two department heads

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Retiring County Finance Director Leon Harmon (right) accepts a plaque recognizing his admission to the “Order of the Longleaf Pine” from County Commission Chairman Alex Patton during Monday’s commissioners meeting. Harmon receives ‘Order of the Longleaf Pine’ SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County is now tasked with replacing two…

Deputies: Fugitive, theft suspect found

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies said an Iredell County man accused of stealing car parts from a Lincoln County location earlier this month is also wanted in a neighboring state for forging checks. Roman Fred Zabinski, 45, of 128 Tennant Lane in Mooresville, removed six Porsche air…

Suspect in store theft tied to drugs

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies said they located marijuana, heroin and drug paraphernalia on an Iron Station man following his attempts to take products from a Denver store over the weekend. Sheriff’s deputies spotted Ronald Lee Hoyle Jr., 27, of Hudson Poultry Road, as he was exiting the…

Pumpkin Center VFD breaks ground for new station

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department recently broke ground on a new station, according to department chief Shaun Drum. It’s taken six years for the project to turn into a reality, Drum noted. “We wanted to make sure everything was in order,” he said. Fire…

City to consider fireworks, roof service contracts

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council is set to consider various contracts and conduct zoning public hearings at its meeting Thursday night. City Manager Jeff Emory will present council members with each contract up for consideration, the last of which is one with East Coast Pyrotechnics…

VFD, sheriff, EMS to share new facility

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Construction recently started on a new facility designed to serve as a new home for the Howards Creek Volunteer Fire Department and a second substation in western Lincoln County for the Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Services. According to Howards Creek Fire Chief Dusty Rudisill, the…

Fire destroys abandoned house

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Cause of last week’s blaze remains under investigation JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An abandoned house that had been in the process of being demolished was reduced to ashes Thursday evening in the western part of the county. Union Fire Department was the first engine to arrive on scene, responding to…

County to recognize retiring Harmon

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will begin its meeting tonight by recognizing Finance Director Leon Harmon, who is stepping down after 38 years with the county’s finance office. As the Times-News previously reported, County Manager George Wood announced Harmon’s retirement in November, saying he would…