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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…

Speaker Tillis to conduct Town Hall in Lincoln Co.

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  SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER   North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis plans to conduct a town hall meeting on Wednesday at the Lincoln Cultural Center in downtown Lincolnton. The event kicks off at noon, with an 11 a.m. Dutch lunch prior to the meeting. Tillis, a Republican…

Season of many masks

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School Board narrows redistricting choices

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  MARTHA K. SEAGLE, STAFF WRITER   The Lincoln County Board of Education narrowed 15 redistricting options down to three during a special session Thursday night. Board Attorney David Black informed members that Bob Joyce from the Institutes of Government had advised that splitting existing precincts, which Black had previously…

Sennebogen plant to double in size, add more jobs

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SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER Sennebogen, a German manufacturer located in Denver, has announced that it plans to double the size of its existing facility, resulting in the addition of up to five new jobs. According to the announcement released by the Lincoln Economic Development Association Thursday morning, the family-owned manufacturer…

Trafficking charge for W.Va. man

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Billings JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement team reported seizing illegal pills from a West Virginia man Wednesday afternoon during a routine vehicle stop on U.S. 321. Michael Allen Billings, 20, of Route 19 Trace Branch Hollow in Squire, W.Va., was traveling northbound…

Training firefighters for confined space

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   More than 20 city and county firefighters have been receiving specialized training in confined-space rescue (CSR) since Tuesday. Lincolnton Fire Department, which is hosting part of the two-week training, is currently designated as the county’s CSR team, Chief Mike Lee said. Since 1990, city fire…

Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity among groups chosen for project

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER   Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County was recently chosen as one of eight non-profit organizations in the Charlotte region to receive several hours of service aid next month as part of a local marketing firm’s “Design Challenge” project. Moonlight Creative Group in Charlotte chose…

Winery to host ‘Spooktacular’ for kids

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  MARTHA K. SEAGLE, STAFF WRITER   WoodMill Festival Grounds in Vale will host the third annual Family Spooktacular on Saturday to raise awareness about the Partnership for Children of Gaston and Lincoln County and the services it provides. The event begins at noon and goes until 4 p.m. at…

Senior Citizens Craft Fair set for Saturday

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MARTHA K. SEAGLE, STAFF WRITER   Looking for a unique gift or for holiday decorations to spruce up your home? Check out the Senior Citizens Craft Fair 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Boger City United Methodist Church, East Main Street in Lincolnton. Betty Jo Barger and Ken Saine…