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New fire station could cut rates for insurance

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If Lincoln County commissioners approve a new satellite fire station and additional funding for the East Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department tonight, they may be able to prevent insurance premium hikes for roughly 350 area homeowners. Lincoln County Manager George Wood told the Times-News on Friday that due to a five-mile…

Lawndale man jailed over attempted shooting

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  A Lawndale man was placed behind bars last week for allegedly firing shots at and intentionally crashing into another man’s vehicle this spring. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office said the arrest comes after months of investigation and a decision from the District Attorney’s Office. Earl Ted Aldridge, 36, of…

Class unites behind Eagle Scout project to clothe needy students

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Lincolnton High School senior Zachary Fitzgerald arranges clothes for the school’s clothing closet. Zach Fitzgerald didn’t have to look far for the inspiration for his Eagle Scout project. “A lot of students need clothes, so I decided to do what I could to help out,” Fitzgerald said. A senior at…

Picking out pumpkins

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Back to redrawing board:

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School officials may have hands tied on election districts by obscure statute In an unexpected turn of events, eight of the total 11 plans for redrawing school board districts were taken off the table Wednesday evening. Board of Education attorney David Black advised the Board that he had come across…

‘Person of interest’ named in fatal crash

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State troopers have a person of interest in a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred near Lowes­ville in Lincoln County earlier this month. The Times-News has confirmed that Amber Nichole Kirby of 2111 Alexis Lucia Road in Stanley has been deemed a possible suspect in the incident that killed 23-year-old Preston…

Holdup prompts lockdown of schools

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  Two schools located just west of Lincolnton, were on lockdown Wednesday after the Sheriff’s Office said a man claiming to have a gun robbed a nearby business. Deputies and police responded around 11 a.m. to Carolina Farm Credit Finance on N.C. 150. A man walked into the building and…

Bombers get federal prison time

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  Nearly two years after a Halloween pipe-bomb attack at a Lincolnton home, the two men facing federal charges in the incident have been sentenced to prison. Following a long multi-agency investigation into the incident federal authorities procured indictments against Ricky Stamey and Christopher Martin in December 2010. According to…

Minimal response to call for food aid

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  The volunteer and sponsorship count for this year’s Christian Ministries Hunger Walk remains low despite efforts to raise the community’s awareness about this year’s increased need for food donations. Last Friday, the Times-News published an article on the nonprofit organization’s “dire need” for support this year. At the time,…

Skate park being renamed for Hovis

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  A Cherryville skate park is renaming its facility this weekend to honor the memory of one of its founding members and avid skateboarders, Andy Hovis, nearly a year after he was involved in a head-on collision that claimed his life. However, 20-year-old Andy was more than a skater to…