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City mayor won’t seek re-election

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Staff report Lincolnton mayor John Gilleland has announced that he will not run for re-election in 2015. Gilleland, a Republican, informed the Times-News of his decision during a phone interview Monday afternoon. He said that although he will not run for another term, he has enjoyed his leadership role. “While…

Lincoln County honors veterans

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American Legion Post 30 members share memories, fellowship at breakfast ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Veterans from every branch of service, from World War II to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, gathered together at the American Legion Post 30 building on North Aspen Street to fellowship and celebrate Veteran’s Day…

Businesses balk at insurance cost spike

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Several Lincoln County business owners are taking a stand against spiking health insurance costs that they say are the result of the Affordable Care Act. “Last year, I was hit with a 30 percent insurance increase for my company,” said Ronnie Caldwell, co-owner of Innovative Pest…

Obituaries — 11-12-14

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Bobby Lewis Morrison Sr. Mr. Bobby Lewis Morrison Sr., 71, of Cleveland passed away on November 10, 2014 in Hunterville. Mr. Morrison was born in Huntersville to the late Luther McKinnley Morrison and Agnus Brewer Morrison on Friday, March 26, 1943. He was married to Elma Jean (Barr) Morrison for…

Around Town — 11-12-14

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TODAY Iron Station Senior Meeting The Iron Station Senior Citizens will meet and have a covered dish luncheon at Ironton Presbyterian Church in Iron Station at 12 p.m. For more information, please call (704) 735 – 3242. THURSDAY Gospel Singing The Widowed Group of the Greater Gaston will host gospel…

Criminal Charges — 11-12-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: Michelle Lynn Morales, 46, of 2381 Salem Church Road in Lincolnton was charged Nov. 6 with one misdemeanor count of shoplifting/concealment. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Marsha K Bradley, 29, of 903 B Edgemont Avenue in Belmont was charged Nov. 6…

Man could face federal charges after meth bust

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Staff report A Rutherford County man could face federal prosecution for allegedly selling methamphetamine in Lincoln County, following a month-long investigation into a drug trafficking organization. An undercover officer with the narcotics division of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office infiltrated an organization where John Davis Humphries, 44, of 970 Bethany…

Rutherford man faces federal charges

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STAFF REPORT A Rutherford County man could face federal prosecution for selling methamphetamine in Lincoln County following a month long investigation into a drug trafficking organization. An undercover officer with the Narcotics division of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office infiltrated an organization where John Davis Humphries, 44, of 970 Bethany…

PERFECTION

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EL routs WL for flawless regular season RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — East Lincoln made winning a conference title look easy for the third straight year. Chazz Surratt scattered 390 yards and six touchdowns across seven different receivers, and the Mustangs cruised to a 48-13 win over visiting West…

Mustangs, Wolves open postseason at home

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor As long as East Lincoln keeps winning it won’t leave the friendly confines of The Corral. And as long as Lincolnton keeps winning it’ll get another shot at the Mustangs. The NCHSAA on Saturday released its brackets for this year’s football state playoffs, and both East…