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Sheriff’s Office releases a new vehicle description for at-large armed robber

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies are still on the hunt for an armed robber who took money from a Lincoln County restaurant on Sunday. Based on video surveillance, officers said a 5-foot-10 black male with a slender build and dressed in all black clothing entered the Cookout restaurant on N.C.…

There’s no business like the Christmas tree farm business for Helms Farm

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For many Americans, the Christmas season brings the return of many family traditions. One of the most popular traditions involves the selecting and decorating of a Christmas tree. Some find their trees at a Lowe’s or a Home Depot, while others opt for a more authentic…

Rest home resident sets herself on fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A woman suffered life-threatening injuries Wednesday after fire officials said she set herself on fire at a Lincoln County rest home. Emergency Medical Services rushed Alisa Ault, 51, to Carolina’s Medical Center-Lincoln, where first-responders then airlifted her to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, for…

Christian Ministry hands out food, toys

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Hundreds of families and volunteers flocked to Christian Ministry Thursday as the organization unloaded wheelbarrows full of food items and trash bags packed with new toys. The annual Christmas fundraiser, which fell more than $20,000 short of last year’s total, nonprofit officials said, is just as…

New leader takes reins at Crisis Pregnancy Center

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “Anybody can pass out diapers,” Paula McSwain said, “but because I can share the Gospel, that’s why I leave my kids and come here.” McSwain took over as executive director at Lincoln County’s Crisis Pregnancy Center in October. After realizing she still volunteered with the facility…

Commissioners vote down solar farm

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 against the construction of a solar farm in Denver during their meeting Monday night. The Times-News reported last week that the Planning Board voted 4-4 against the approval of Strata Solar’s solar farm due to its proximity to SailView,…

Women accused of stealing mail

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two Lincolnton women are accused of driving up to 50 different mailboxes on the county’s eastern end and stealing cash and gift cards to pay for their children’s Christmas presents, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies located the suspects’ vehicle on the wrong side of the road…

Man’s handmade crosses bring smiles

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Formerly a Hickory toy maker, Lincolnton resident Al Franklin now spends his days making wooden crosses for military men, children, nursing home patients and any person in the community who touches his heart. “This time of year people need to think about people (like that),” he…

McHenry votes for latest federal budget

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Senate is expected to vote today on a bipartisan federal budget plan that would remove the threat of a government shutdown for two years. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the Senate advanced the measure over a filibuster threshold on a 67-33 vote, ensuring the…

Former county manager praised for work with local library system

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Former county manager George Wood received recognition for his work with the Lincoln County library system at the North Carolina Public Library Director’s Association annual Award Banquet earlier this month. The association presented Wood with the 2013 Library Champion Award in Chapel Hill on Dec. 5…