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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…

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.…