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Withdrawn city letter accused website of libel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…

‘Colloquial’ for the win at spelling bee

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  SARAH LOWERY   Staff Writer   Local students battled it out during the Lincoln County Schools 2012 Spelling Bee on Friday at First Baptist Church in Lincolnton. Spelling bee champions from area elementary and middle schools took part in what Superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle called the “only competition where…

City delays action on hens, goats

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council discussed allowing backyard chickens and goats during Thursday’s meeting, but delayed further action until the council’s upcoming planning retreat. Following a swearing-in ceremony, during which the recently re-elected incumbents Mayor John Gilleland, Ward II council member Dr. John “Les” Cloninger and…

Search on for two area missing teens

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Authorities are looking for teen girls who recently disappeared from their homes in Lincoln and Gaston Counties late last month and early January in two separate missing person’s cases. Molly Hill, 15, went missing around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday from her Lincoln County foster home in the…

DSS making headway with switch to paperless management

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Department of Social Services Director Susan McCracken says the conversion to paperless management is costing nearly $2 million, but will eventually result in substantial savings and efficiency. SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer In the year since the Lincoln County Department of Social Services began implementing its new paperless case management and…