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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.…

Suspect charged in assault by strangulation

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies said a woman claimed three men assaulted her at a western Lincoln County residence earlier this month, including one man who held a gun to her head before strangling her. According to a report, deputies initially went to a home Friday on the 300 block…

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.…