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Rebels sweep individual league awards

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By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor VALE –– With the conclusion of the 2014 season for all Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference softball teams, West Lincoln left zero doubt which one was the best. After sweeping the regular season and conference tournament titles, the Rebels cleaned house in the league’s…

Calendar — 5/23/14

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Upcoming games This schedule may not include cancellations, postponements or changes not reported to the Lincoln Times-News: Today Softball NCHSAA 1A state playoffs: Lincoln Charter at Murphy Hiwassee Dam, 5 p.m. NCHSAA 3A state playoffs: N. Lincoln at Monroe Sun Valley, 7 p.m. Legion baseball Lincoln Co. at Clover (S.C.),…

Obituaries — 5-23-14

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Bill Freeman CROUSE — Mr. Bill Freeman, 83, of St. Mark’s Church Road, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. Born in Gaston County on March 12, 1931 he was a son of the late William Daniel Freeman and Hyacinth Whitesides Freeman.  Bill…

EDITOR’S NOTE — Hands off the recorder

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Journalists like tape recorders. If you touch them, or try to take them away from us, we can’t be responsible for what happens next. That’s why I’m not buying the sorry excuses being offered up by state Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, who on Tuesday told everyone…

Around Town — 5-23-14

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FRIDAY Camp registration Registration is now available for students interested in participating in one of the summer camp programs with Lincoln County’s 4-H Youth Development and the N.C. Cooperative Extension. To register or for more information on specific camps offered, call (704) 736-8452. Medal of Honor Day American Legion Post…

More rest needed, rocking chair nearby

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist A friend who says she would not miss one of my newspaper columns called last week and wanted to know if I still had my rocking chair. I told her that it would be among the last things to go. I spend more and more time…

Reader’s Forum — 5-23-14

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  An open letter to Lincoln County   In the newly proposed County budget: Teachers would get no increase in county-funded supplements, which is a projected $213,000 shortfall, a half a percent salary increase. Lincoln County Schools’ average supplement is $2,928, compared with the state average of $3,553 — a…

Local woman killed in hit-and-run

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer Troopers are continuing their search for a person they said killed a Lincolnton woman Wednesday night in a hit-and-run. Law enforcement officials held a press conference Friday afternoon at a body shop in Conover and said they are searching for a white 2001-2006 Chevrolet…

School Board members clash over presentation to commissioners

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Education is undergoing some internal disagreement after a May 5 budget allocation proposal to county commissioners. According to Lincoln County Board of Education member Clayton Mullis, there has been some disagreement among the board members as to the approach board…

Maiden man gets 100 years for child rape

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  Rogers   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Maiden man received a prison sentence of more than a century this week for raping a child in 2011, Catawba County court officials said. Judge Eric Levinson handed down the weighty judgment in Newton on Monday. Ron Christopher Rogers, 42, raped…