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Jaguars end EL’s win streak

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By PHILLIP GARDNER Special to the LTN GASTONIA –– Not to put too much pressure on his quarterback, but here’s what Forestview coach Chris Medlin told Logan Bradley at halftime: “I told him he was either going to win the game or lose the game for us,” Medlin said. “It…

NL cross country teams finish second

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS North Lincoln’s boys and girls cross country teams finished second and Andrew Fea came in first individually at the Weddington Invitational meet on Saturday. Fea’s time of 16:02 was 6 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Ryan Shannon, also of North Lincoln. Zach Wesson (23rd), Riley Jones (24th) and…

Calendar — 9/16/13

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Upcoming games Note: Junior varsity start time for volleyball is typically 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. for boys soccer (5:15 p.m. for N. Piedmont 3A/4A soccer matches). Varsity contests will follow JVs, unless otherwise noted. Today Volleyball Lincolnton at Bessemer City Boys soccer Bunker Hill at E. Lincoln Lincolnton at…

Sheriff’s Office: Deputies find 17th meth lab of 2013; suspect still at-large

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Nearly four days after Sheriff’s narcotics investigators uncovered the 17th meth lab in the county this year, the man accused of running the “old-style” drug operation is still on the loose, deputies said. Charlest Montgomery Fitzgerald, 57, of the 1700 block of Fitzgerald-Stowe Lane, allegedly had…

Regional Christmas tree farmers to meet in Vale

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    NC, SC groups to meet at Helms Farm in western Lincoln County JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer For the first time in the history of each group, the Eastern North Carolina Christmas Tree Association and the South Carolina Christmas Tree Association will combine their annual fall meetings, gathering today…

Teens charged for attempted murder

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two teens will appear in court today on attempted first-degree murder charges after allegedly shooting the mother of one of the suspects in the head Wednesday morning following an argument at a Catawba County home. Sherri Rhoney was rushed to a Charlotte hospital with…

City Council repeals trash fee, approves plans for brewery

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Those Lincolnton residents and businesses calling for a repeal of the recently imposed trash tax got their wish in an unexpected move Thursday night. The City Council voted 3-1, with Councilman Dr. John “Les” Cloninger in opposition, to get rid of the fee. This…

Lincolnton man gets more than four decades in prison for double homicide

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer More than a year after police discovered the beaten bodies of a couple inside their Lincolnton home, the man charged with killing them pleaded guilty in court Friday afternoon. Judge Forrest Bridges handed down a hefty sentence on Wilbert Lester Fair inside a Lincoln County Superior…

Suspect arrested in East Lincoln Christian Ministry break-ins

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Nearly three days after deputies identified a woman accused of breaking into a Denver organization twice in one morning, officers have apprehended her. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Sarah Elizabeth Leatherman’s arrest on Sept. 9 after detectives said they learned she…

Commissioners to vote on regulations for film, television projects in county

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will revisit during its meeting Monday night an issue that previously elicited a split vote. During their Aug. 19 meeting, commissioners voted on revisions to the county’s ordinance regulating “special events and mass gatherings.” The changes are geared…