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Man charged for drugs after crash

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man placed behind Catawba County bars late last month after crashing his drug-filled vehicle into a pole appeared in court this week. The 26-year-old driver, James Patrick Coughlin, a resident of 209 Arbor Run Drive, crashed his vehicle May 20 while driving down N.C.…

Candidates file for Board of Education seats

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Filing for Lincoln County’s Board of Education began Monday. As of Thursday night, only three candidates have filed, including two who are running for re-election. Candy Burgin, who currently serves as the board’s chair, was the first to file on Monday. She will seek re-election for…

Carolinas HealthCare shows off new facility

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer After Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) opened the doors late last month in Lincoln County to its first medical facility designed solely around meeting and enhancing patient care and convenience, the state-of-the-art structure is now catching fire across the region. Lincoln Medical Plaza II, located on the…

Sportsman wins award for hunter education

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Denver resident Link Grass has been selected as this year’s recipient of the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) Volunteer Instructor of the Year award. He is one of more than 55,000 IHEA-USA instructors who reach more than 650,000 hunter education students annually. Grass received the award…

County loses an icon with death of Doc Gamble

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Local icon Dr. John R. Gamble, Jr. passed away Monday night, CMC-Lincoln officials confirmed. A Lincolnton native, Gamble was born on March 22, 1922 to Dr. John Reeves and Hope Seibert Gamble. After graduating from Lincolnton High School, Gamble, 92 went on to attend Emory University…

Murder suspect to appear in court

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man, one of three accused in death of a Denver woman last year, is set to appear in court this morning, on the victim’s 55th birthday, family members said. Derek Williams, 25, of 421 Springs East Road, is charged with one felony count of…

Practice makes perfect, even for firefighters

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City budget up for public hearing

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton residents will have the opportunity to address their concerns with the City Council’s proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget at the council’s meeting Thursday night. Council members spent several hours in budget workshops last month discussing and debating the proposed budget changes. In his City Manager’s…

Maiden police looking for suspect in pharmacy robbery

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police in Maiden are searching for a man who claimed he had a gun in order to steal medication from a pharmacy located near the Lincoln-Catawba County line earlier this week. The incident took place just before 11:30 a.m. on Monday at TAS Drug, located at…

School Board member chastised at meeting

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County Board of Education chairwoman Candy Burgin gave an official public statement related to a Times-News article prior to the board’s scheduled committee meetings Tuesday night. On May 23, the Times-News published an article regarding internal tension within the Board of Education, as reported by…