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County man gets 5 years for burglary

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Staff report An Iron Station man was sentenced to 63 months in prison by a U.S. district judge on Monday for burglary and violations of federal firearms laws. According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, Miquan Limik Smith, 27, of…

Schedule of Values vote delayed again

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After another lengthy discussion Monday night, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners opted to delay voting on the proposed 2015 Schedule of Values. The Schedule is used to determine the methods for property revaluations. The Times-News previously reported that at the commissioners’ Sept. 22 meeting, several county…

Politicians get an earful at Lincolnton Senior Center

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Legislators asked about Senior Center location, Medicare ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer City, county and state leaders addressed an array of questions from local senior citizens at a Lincoln County Senior Services’ “Meet and Greet” event on Friday. According to Becky Putnam, Programs and Services Coordinator for Lincoln County Senior Services,…

Burke woman charged for crash that killed Denver resident

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Burke County woman has been charged in the Sept. 27 death of a Denver resident in a crash on Interstate 40 in McDowell County. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol Communications Department, Jean McDougle Dowdy, 75, of Crossing View Lane in Denver, was killed…

Medical room at Child Advocacy Center named after pair of local doctors

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Friends, family and loved ones packed into the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center on Sunday afternoon to honor two of Lincoln County’s most beloved citizens in a most fitting fashion. The Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center’s Memorial Medical Room was dedicated in honor of Drs. John…

City Council approves new trash bins, police body camera policy

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer City Council members unanimously approved a request to incorporate language regarding the use of body cameras to the Lincolnton Police Department’s Standard Operating Procedures at their meeting Thursday night. “The (Standard Operating Procedures) is a living, breathing document, and as times change and laws change, the…

New homes make a comeback

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Planning and Inspections Department has witnessed a rise in residential housing construction this year. “In the first nine months of 2014, we’ve issued more permits for single-family homes than were issued in all of last year, making this the best year for housing starts…

4 nabbed for vehicle break-ins

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Three Cornelius men and one teen have been charged for a string of vehicle break-ins that recently took place in the eastern part of Lincoln County. According to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Dyante Siobhan Henley, 23, of 9728 Psalms Street, Andre…

Lincoln Theatre Guild to bring Broadway to Main Street

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Residents of Lincoln County will soon get a taste of Broadway, as the Lincoln Theatre Guild presents Old and New – A Music Revue. Set to show Oct. 30, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, local singers will bring the iconic New York theatre scene to life…

Local nurse named among top 100 in state

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Kevin Johnson, an emergency room nurse at Carolinas Healthcare System–Lincoln, was recently selected as one of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina. Johnson was nominated for the honor with The Great 100, Inc. by the emergency department’s nurse manager, Cathy Mason. “I think it was…