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Churches observe Good Friday, Easter

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    Editor’s note: Several of this weekend’s local Holy Week church services are listed here, rather than their usual place in Around Town. Non-religious events can be found in Around Town on page 4A. FRIDAY Long Shoals Wesleyan and Long Shoals Baptist Churches will sponsor a Good Friday service…

Church fundraiser lifts spirits

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    Asbury UMC makes Cross-Eyed with Love a year-round affair   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “It’s our symbol, and Christianity is supposed to be joyful,” Beverly Parker-Reese, youth minister at Asbury United Methodist Church in Lincolnton, told the Times-News Monday about the Christian Cross — the focus of…

Traffic stop leads to cocaine seizure by LCSO deputies

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies said they busted cocaine traffickers during a traffic stop Tuesday night on N.C. 16 in Denver, resulting in a find of nearly 500 grams of the illegal substance, making it the county’s third largest seizure of its kind…

Deputies identify theft suspect

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies said they may have a potential suspect in a rash of vehicle break-ins that took place this month on the county’s eastern end. Surveillance video at the Denver Mini Mart on N.C. 16 in Denver recorded a man Sunday using a credit card…

Soldier receives warm homecoming

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   After being at war for the last six months, eastern Lincoln County resident Bradley Turner returned home Sunday to find nearly 150 friends and family members welcoming him at his home church, Friendly Chapel Baptist in Denver. “I never expected it to…

Dock explosion civil trial gets under way

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln County civil trial may take weeks to reach a settlement, court officials said. The ongoing lawsuit is between the parents of a Denver teen who was killed in a 2008 yacht explosion and Petroleum Equipment & Services, Inc., the company who installed…

Local industries recognized for safety

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  Staff reports   Numerous local businesses were recognized by the state and North Carolina Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry for their safe practices during 2012 in an awards banquet at the Lincoln Cultural Center on Tuesday. Over 40 different awards were handed out to businesses, several of which…

CMC receives childbirth certification

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln recently became the third hospital in North Carolina and across the nation to receive a specialized certification in childbirth, hospital officials said. In order to obtain the Disease-Specific Care Certification, one of at least 50 that the Joint Commission offers hospitals…

Troopers make arrest after high-speed chase

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County troopers said a Denver man led them on a high-speed vehicular chase through four counties Saturday morning. Michael Dean Holloway, 38, of 5632 American Way, failed to step out of his vehicle during a license check just after 1:30 a.m. on Campground…

Break-ins occur in Denver

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Thieves recently targeted numerous unlocked vehicles in eastern Lincoln County, stealing money, electronics and credit cards, the Sheriff’s Office said. Detectives believe the rash of incidents took place on Saturday, when victims reported leaving their vehicles unlocked, according to an agency press release. The…