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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…

Teen charged with death by vehicle

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A teen who was charged in the death of a North Lincoln High School student last year following a wreck in the northeastern part of the county is scheduled to appear in district court on Tuesday. Authorities said 16-year-old Travis Kennedy Cannon was driving…

New law gets tough with young drivers

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A new driving law that could potentially decrease the number of fatal vehicle collisions involving teens while simultaneously forcing law enforcement officers to handcuff more young drivers went into effect this month. Approved by the Legislature last year, the law states that teen drivers…

Helping students with cost of formal wear

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A new program at Lincolnton High School is looking to collect clothing and accessories — including formal dresses in advance of prom season — for students who are in need. Called the “Clothes Closet,” the project is a year-round drive for all types of…

Polar Plunge

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Dylan Houser takes an icy dip in the pool Saturday morning at Sally’s YMCA in Denver as part of the “Polar Plunge.” The event raised funds for North Carolina Special Olympics.…

Feds aid deputies in drug suspect roundup

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Gov. Perdue won’t seek re-election

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RALEIGH (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday she will not seek re-election because she fears a fight with Republicans over public education would become too political. But she entered the election year with some baggage: a campaign finance investigation, sagging poll numbers and worries from fellow Democrats she would…

Feds aid deputies in drug suspect roundup

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with federal authorities Thursday morning in their first round-up of the new year, apprehending more than half of the individuals wanted in the operation, codenamed “.38 Special.” Earlier this month, a grand jury indicted a total of 38 individuals…

Convicted felon is charged in home invasion

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have apprehended a convicted felon accused of attempting to rape a teen girl while robbing a Lincolnton residence earlier this month. The incident occurred on Jan. 10 at a home on Lincoln Street, police said. The victim and her sister were at the home around…