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Historic marker to commemorate site of Drumsville

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Staff report The Drum-Wilkinson clan will host a dedication service for the new Drumsville historic marker at Jones Fish Camp on June 28. While this is a historical preservation project of the Drum-Wilkinson Clan based in Catawba County, the family extends throughout the United States. John, Sr. and Mary Isenhour…

County schools hold graduations for Class of 2014

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Three of Lincoln County’s four public high schools held graduation ceremonies on Thursday.…

Some local businesses reap windfall from Hog Happenin’

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Each year, Hog Happenin’ brings numerous barbeque and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country to Lincolnton. With the two-day event occupying multiple downtown roads, Main Street and Court Square businesses are faced with the dilemma of whether it is profitable for their business to remain open…

The Reids: Like father, like son

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Law enforcement career runs deep in county deputy’s family JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer From an early age, Jason Reid can remember the impact his father had on the community as a law enforcement officer. Whether he and his family were at church, dinner or another public outing, Jason could sense…

Woman donates kidney to save relative’s life

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer One Pumpkin Center resident and Lincoln County business owner is donating a kidney today to save a relative’s life. Christina Stone, a massage therapist and owner of Healing Touch in Lincolnton, didn’t think twice about helping her mother-in-law, Kathy Stone, when doctors told the ill woman…

Comedian to drop blackface routine for F.O.P. event

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Willie P. Richardson is still expected to perform for the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #85’s comedy concert, but he will not do so until this fall, sans blackface. Fraternal Order of Police president, police lieutenant Brian Greene, released the organization’s statement to the…

Nashville recording artists coming to Denver for community concert

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Bruce Hedrick started playing piano and singing at age 3, and after picking up a guitar five years later, he’s been strumming and writing music ever since. The country/Gospel musician, a Statesville resident and Nashville recording artist, will be performing alongside fellow Nashville recording artist Chris…

Barbecue, bikes rule at Hog Happenin’

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Local competitors strut stuff in cooking contest JACLYN ANTHONY LTN Staff Vinegar versus tomato. Memphis versus Lexington. Red slaw versus white. Y’all know what I’m talking about. It’s divisive. It’s delectable. It’s barbecue. This weekend, competitors travelled to Lincolnton to participate in the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition…

Police group hires blackface performer for fundraiser

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Fraternal Order of Police is facing backlash after announcing they selected William P. Richardson, a white comedian known for his blackface routines, to perform at their 2014 Comedy Benefit Concert. The Lincoln County NAACP branch first informed the Times-News and other local media…

Commissioners ironing out next year’s budget

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners made minor changes to the proposed Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget during their final budget work session on Friday. After another lengthy discussion regarding the proposed solid waste fee changes, county commissioners were able to come to a unanimous decision. Starting July…