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Sen. Forrester dies, leaves behind ‘real void’

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SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER N.C. Sen. Jim Forrester, R-Gaston, passed away Monday at the age of 74 after being admitted to the hospital over the weekend for tests. Once at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, his condition quickly deteriorated, and he was placed on life support following some cranial bleeding,…

Sen. Jim Forrester, 1937-2011, remembering a public servant’s legacy

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  SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER   Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1937, Jim Forrester spent much of his life in the service of others, including in the U.S. military, the community, in government and as a doctor. After years of legislative service as a member of the minority party, he…

Feedback sought on plans for School Board election districts

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  MARTHA K. SEAGLE, STAFF WRITER   Citizens can express their input on the three proposals for Lincoln County School Board redistricting Wednesday at the district’s offices on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. “I hope we have a good turnout from all areas of the county,” Ed Hatley, chairman of…

Deputies: Suspect fled to church

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   An Iron Station man, who deputies say led them on a chase that ended up at a church after an assault Sunday morning, faces multiple criminal charges and is being held under a more than $20,000 bond. Justin Eugene Blalock, 31, of 1362 Branton…

Candidates for city seats questioned on issues

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  LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS STAFF   The Lincoln Times-News wrote to each of the six candidates running for Lincolnton mayor and City Council seats last week, asking them to answer a series of questions about issues of importance to city voters. Their answers are published in full today, with only minor…

1 charged, 1 at large in baseball bat beating

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   Authorities have arrested a Vale man and are searching for a second suspect accused of beating an individual with a baseball bat last month, sending the victim to the hospital. Michael Shane Carver, 28, of 7490 Palm Tree Drive, was arrested Friday in connection…

Deeds office relocates for renovations

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  SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER   The Lincoln County Register of Deeds Office will be temporarily relocating in November while its permanent facility undergoes renovation to bring it into compliance with regulations. With construction set to begin on Nov. 14, the office’s temporary location will be inside the old Lincoln…

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Morgan Buckler, 3, of Huntersville grabs a handful of candy.…

Troopers: Alcohol suspected as driver crashes into church

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   Alcohol may be to blame for a wreck that sent a Lincoln County woman to a Charlotte hospital Saturday night after her vehicle ran off the road and plowed through a church graveyard before striking the church building itself. Trooper Black with the North…

Hunting for spooks at old Crowell Hospital

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  MARTHA K. SEAGLE, STAFF WRITER   When the Lincoln Times-News contacted Tina McSwain, founder and director of the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society (CAPS), about doing an investigation of the historic Crowell Memorial Hospital, she jumped at the chance. McSwain has 15 years’ experience performing paranormal investigations. “I began doing…