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LOCAL ROUNDUP — LCS boys hand Cherryville first loss

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Kody Shubert scored 20 points to lead five in double figures as Lincoln Charter’s boys basketball team defeated visiting Cherryville 84-63 in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference opener on Thursday night. Logan Foster added 17 points, Amir Davis scored 12, Josh Haudek 11 and Trey Johnsen 10 as…

Our View — Committee finds that torture doesn’t work

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The people of the United States have a right to know the full extent of the use of torture as a sanctioned tactic used by the C.I.A. to glean intelligence from terror suspects in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Those attacks were the defining moment of…

Man nabbed for stealing woman’s purse

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with stealing a woman’s purse at the city’s Wal-Mart on Nov. 20. Donald Addison Masters, 59, of 1488 Waters Road, was charged with misdemeanor larceny and given a $1,000 unsecured bond for the alleged theft. Lincolnton Police officers said an elderly woman…

Police: Woman tried to pass counterfeit check

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Staff report A Georgia woman tried to pass a counterfeit traveler’s check at the Lincolnton Wal-Mart on Sunday, police said. Lincolnton Police Department officers responded to the store around 2:45 p.m. and spoke with Kimberly Elise Dumas, 46, of 5150 Glendora Drive in Powder Springs, Georgia. Officers said Dumas tried…

Criminal Charges — 12-10-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Dewayne Kalani Thompson, Jr., 33, of 1108 Curveview Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Dec. 5 with one count of non-support of family. An unknown bond amount was set. Jesse Allen Oliver, 20, of 1755 Kestrel Valley Ln. in Catawba was charged…

‘Nutcracker’ production returns to traditional theme

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When area dance students take the stage at the James W. Warren Citizens Center this weekend for the 8th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” many fans of the theater will be pleased to see a return to the traditional theme and music of the two-act ballet.…

Close calls and near falls: Burgin looks back on 30-year cop career

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer How many law enforcement officers can you name that had a 30-plus year career who never had to fire their weapon at another human being? Chances are, not many. Former Lincolnton Police Chief Tom Burgin is one of those who did not. “I certainly had some…

Annual meeting shows improved numbers for Pumpkin Center VFD

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer While volunteerism across the country is on a downward trend in relation to volunteer fire departments, the Ore Bank Pumpkin Center VFD has managed to produce improved numbers with a penchant for creative fiscal maneuvers to assist and strengthen the department as a whole. During an…

Mullen elected Board of Education chairman, new members sworn in

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Education officially welcomed newly elected board members and leadership at its meeting Tuesday night. Veteran member Mark Mullen was unanimously elected by the education board to serve as its new chairman, a position most recently held by school board member Candy Burgin. Burgin, who…

Man struck and killed by train

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Staff report A Lincoln County man was struck and killed by a train in the Lincolnton city limits on Sunday, according to police. Officers responded to the railroad tracks near the 1200 block of East Gaston Street early on the morning of Dec. 7 about a call regarding a subject…