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Ballard: Sheriff keeps county safe

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest columnist Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing our sheriff, David Carpenter. He has served Lincoln County for 31 years and has been our sheriff for four years. As we talked, I found myself in awe of how seriously he takes our safety. As citizens, we know…

Obituaries — 7-23-14

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William L. ‘Bill’ Goins Cherryville – Mr. William L. “Bill” Goins, 80, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the W.G. “Bill” Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury. Bill was born in Cleveland County on May 3, 1934 a son of the late Clarence Goins and Barbara Moss Goins.…

New Apple Queen to be crowned

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Lincoln County contestants compete for college scholarships ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer This weekend, 16 talented Lincoln County women will compete in the 35th Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant. The pageant is sponsored each year by Lincolnton’s Business and Professional Women’s Organization. “Historically, it has always been the kickoff to Apple…

Family battles rare disorder

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Abby Grace Ferguson has an infectious smile. The vivacious 9-year-old is a little princess in every sense of the word. She loves to dance and play with Barbie’s and more than anything, wants to go to Disney World to meet Princess Elsa from Frozen. For all…

Work First grant up for commissioner discussion

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will discuss a motion to continue with the Work First Block Grant at a meeting tonight. Director of Social Services Susan McCracken is expected to present the request. In the agenda item document, she explained that the state requires the 2014…

Gaston man charged with 2007 sexual assault of a child

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Gastonia man was arrested on Friday by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in Lincoln County in 2007. Detective Kelly Paris called in Jonathon Ray Campbell, 23, for questioning after being contacted by the Pottsdam, New York police department…

Lincolnton rehab changes hands

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Formerly owned by Kindred Healthcare, Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center was recently purchased by Southern Healthcare Management, a company out of Casselberry, Florida. Providing short-term therapy and long-term skilled nursing beds, as well as physical, speech, occupational and aquatic therapy, the newly renamed Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center will continue…

Final hurrah

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Auvil ready for East-West game By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Tatum Auvil had an amazing senior season, and on Tuesday one of the best to wear an East Lincoln girls soccer uniform will cap her prep career as one of the best in the state. Auvil, who tied a school…

Calendar — 7/21/14

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Upcoming games This schedule may not include cancellations, postponements or changes not reported to the Lincoln Times-News: Today No games scheduled Important dates Aug. 1––First official day of fall scholastic sports practice Aug. 11––First date football teams can hold official scrimmage Aug. 18––First playing date for non-football fall sports Aug.…

Branch ~ Payseur Engagement

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Kenny and Denise Long of Lincolnton announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsey Leigh Branch of Lincolnton to Daniel Keith Payseur of Lowell. Kelsey is a 2009 graduate of West Lincoln High School. She is a 2013 graduate of Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Communication Science and Disorders…