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Chick-fil-A coming to Lincoln County

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Chick-fil-A has submitted plans to the Lincoln County Planning and Inspections Department with the intentions of opening a new restaurant in Denver. Planning Director Andrew Bryant hasn’t received a permit yet from the company, though that is expected by the end of March. The restaurant would…

Trees fall on lines across county, contribute to power loss

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer As Lincoln County fell under storm and tornado warnings for much of the day on Wednesday, electricity outages across the county were mostly remedied by 11 p.m. Duke Energy reported two locations in the eastern portion of the county without power and 147 customers affected at…

Deputies: Woman tried to smuggle drugs into jail inside Bible

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Staff report A Gaston County woman has been charged with trying to smuggle contraband inside a Bible to an inmate in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center in Lincolnton. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Captain Tim Johnson said a Bible was brought to the Detention Center for inmate Brandon Jackson Kirby, 34,…

Lincolnton to receive $100k in state grant money

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton will receive nearly $100,000 in grant money from the state to revitalize downtown. “Thriving downtowns are the lifeblood of local economies across North Carolina,” Gov. McCrory said in a press release. “These downtown revitalization grants will help transform Main Streets into points of pride that…

Woman sentenced to 18 months for stealing $400,000

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Staff report A woman who formerly lived in Stanley has been sentenced to serve 18 months in prison for stealing $400,000 from the Huntersville business where she worked. Amy Hilty, 38, who now lives in Dayton, Ohio, was employed as an accounting manager from 2008-2012 and “used her access to…

Candidate Survey: North Carolina Senate District 44

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Editor’s Note: The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of 10 questions to the two candidates running for the Republican nomination to compete for the District 44 State Senate seat — incumbent Sen. David Curtis and challenger Chris Carney. Their responses are listed below. — Michael Gebelein, Managing Editor.   Why…

Lobster Dogs Food Truck coming to Food and WineFest

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A vendor with flavors to whet the palette of seafood lovers will be present at the Lincolnton Food and WineFest on April 23. Denver resident Chris Yelton took a vacation to New York, his first trip to the Big Apple, and while he was there, he…

Lincolnton businessman mixes Super Bowl trip with service

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For 38 years, Jim Young has been dispensing hearing aids across the state of North Carolina and, for the last 21, he’s made it a point to not miss one Carolina Panthers home game. The owner of Lincolnton-based Best Value Hearing Care Center combined both of…

Deputies: Conover man had quarter-pound of marijuana

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Staff report A 20-year-old Conover man has been charged with possessing a quarter pound of marijuana. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Griffin Douglas Sheppard, of 2490 Eagle Drive, on Monday after a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 73 in Denver. Detectives searched his vehicle…

Local legislators vow to reverse Charlotte LGBT ordinance

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s two state legislators vow to reverse the decision by Charlotte’s 11-person City Council on Monday night to provide discrimination protections to the city’s gay, lesbian and transgender population. After listening to three hours of public opinion on both sides of the aisle, the council…