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Sex offender accused of accessing school property

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Maiden Police have arrested a Burke County sex offender and accused him of accessing a school property on three separate occasions throughout March and April. Officers served warrants Friday afternoon on William John Abernathy, 34, for being on site at the Lucille Miller…

Board of Commissioners candidate Mike Davis dies

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Staff report A Lincoln County political candidate has died. Michael Davis, of 1554 Pleasant Grove Church Road in Crouse, passed away on Sunday, April 6.  Davis was one of five Republican candidates currently running for a seat with the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. A native of Lincoln County, Davis…

Murder victim remembered at vigil

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County residents united at the courthouse in Lincolnton on Friday to remember the life of a woman allegedly killed late last month by her estranged husband. Amy’s House-Lincoln County’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence hosted the remembrance ceremony, which was attended by a number…

Local, state leaders celebrate at airport

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The Lincoln Economic Development Association celebrated with city, county, state and airport officials on Friday as they recognized the completion of sewer services to the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Airport and to the county’s future fourth major industrial park in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Prior…

Board of Education to hear Asbury update

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Education will receive an update regarding the Design Build Contract for Asbury Alternative School on Tuesday. The Times-News previously reported that the Lincoln County Board of Education voted at its March meeting to begin contract negotiations with R.J. Leeper Construction,…

Mug sale benefits local animal shelter

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   For the 17th year in a row, a local pottery shop is raising money for the abused, neglected and surrendered animals of Lincoln County. Rising Sun Pottery, located at 207 South Academy Street in Lincolnton, will host “Mugs for Mutts & Cups for Cats,”…

Lincolnton, Maiden banks robbed

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police have identified a man accused of robbing a bank in Lincolnton Thursday morning before fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle. Officers have secured a felony warrant against Jean Pierre Gendron, 49, for robbery with a dangerous weapon, consider him “dangerous,” according…

Spring has finally sprung

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Council approves rezoning for 56-unit apartment complex

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   City Council members unanimously approved an applicant’s request for a conditional-use rezoning permit at their meeting Thursday night to allow the construction of a 56-unit multifamily residential development. The 9.77-acre property is located on the west side of North Generals Boulevard and is…

Drunk driver charged with dragging deputy with vehicle

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  Nelson   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Catawba County man intoxicated by alcohol used his vehicle to drag a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy several feet down an area roadway after refusing to comply with officers during a traffic stop Wednesday night, the Sheriff’s Office said. The incident took…