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Putnam: Felon cast ballot in city election

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A woman with a felony record illegally voted in Lincoln County this month, Board of Elections officials said. According to BOE Director Bradley Putnam, the individual, a registered Democrat, cast a ballot on Oct. 23. The woman has not been charged with a crime at this…

Lincolnton man charged with federal drug offense

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man, among nearly 30 individuals charged by federal officials Tuesday for drug trafficking and illegal firearm possession, faces a possible 40-year prison sentence, the United States Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s Western district said. Currently in state custody, Kerston Deshawn Edwards, 24, was indicted…

Hesed House set to open for season

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Hesed House of Hope, the county’s only homeless shelter, is set to open a month early this year due to the season’s premature dip in temperatures and the area’s rising homeless population. The shelter, which has housed between one and 18 homeless individuals at once over…

Taking in the Rail Trail sights

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Niece shares memories of late LTN staff writer

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Former Lincoln Times-News reporter Rachel Blanche Hartsoe Houser passed away on Oct. 1. Two weeks away from her 94th birthday, Houser played a significant role in both Lincoln and Gaston counties’ reporting fields. Her niece Judy Gilbert sat down with the Times-News to share the impact…

Robotics program challenges Lincoln County students

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The time spent between school hours and homework can be filled with a variety of activities, ranging from sports to the arts to volunteering. But these Lincoln County middle and elementary school students are spending their afternoons programming and designing the future with robotic technology. In…

EL, LCS draw league foes in first round

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By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor The state playoff selection committee didn’t do East Lincoln or Lincoln Charter any favors. Their boys soccer teams open the state playoffs today having to travel to a conference opponent they’ve both lost to twice already. Lincoln Charter (12-9) travels to Pine Lake Prep (10-6-2)…

Win or go home

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Abonza leads Wolves into state playoffs By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Juan Abonza is pretty disappointed Lincolnton’s boys soccer team didn’t win a conference championship, and he plans on making up for it in the state playoffs. Abonza, a senior, isn’t happy the Wolves lost two of their last four…

EL’s Johnson has good showing at state golf tourney

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Taylor Johnson of East Lincoln had the county’s best showing at the NCHSAA state girls golf championships in Southern Pines, which ended on Tuesday. Johnson shot a two-day, 36-hole total of 183 to finish tied for 18th in the 1A/2A championships. She fired an 86 on Tuesday, 11…

Calendar — 10/30/13

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Upcoming games Note: The regular seasons have concluded for all fall sports except football. Per the NCHSAA winter sports practice (basketball, wrestling, swimming) can officially begin today. Practice for indoor track can begin on Nov. 11. Today Boys soccer NCHSAA 1A playoffs: Lincoln Charter at Pine Lake Prep, 4 p.m.…