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Expect local impact after court upholds ban on sweepstakes centers

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Local video sweepstakes centers will be forced to close following the N.C. Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to uphold a ban on such establishments. The state’s highest court reversed an appellate court’s ruling that a legislative ban on Internet sweepstakes gaming restricted free speech.…

Obituaries 12-19-12

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Anthony Wayne Haithcox Anthony Wayne Haithcox “Tony,” 64, of 222 Springs East Road, Lincolnton was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 14, 2012. Celebration of Life services will be held at 4 p.m. today at St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ in Maiden. Tony was born…

Mustangs top Rebels 43-37

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East Lincoln opens SPC play with win over West Lincoln KEN BRADLEY Special to LTN VALE — It’s a rare occasion when two rivals get together and both teams walk away smiling. OK, maybe East Lincoln and West Lincoln weren’t all smiles after Tuesday night’s game, but both had reasons…

Lady Rebels beat East Lincoln 41-34

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KEN BRADLEY Special to LTN VALE — A collapsed lung kept West Lincoln girls basketball coach Holly Specht from attending Tuesday’s conference opener against East Lincoln in person, but it didn’t keep her from watching. From her hospital room in Gaston Memorial Hospital, Specht tuned in via Skype, at least…

Knights fall short against Rams in OT

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor PUMPKIN CENTER — The Highland Tech Rams boys varsity basketball team’s 0-6 record headed into Tuesday’s Southern Piedmont Conference opener against the North Lincoln Knights may have been a bit deceiving. The Rams (1-6, 1-0 SPC) faced tough competition in their nonconference schedule against East Rutherford,…

NL Lady Knights throttle Rams 59-22

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor PUMPKIN CENTER — The North Lincoln Lady Knights varsity girls basketball team blistered the Highland Tech Lady Rams for 25 first-quarter points on their way to a 59-22 win in both teams’ Southern Piedmont Conference opener on Tuesday. But as impressive as the Lady Knights (6-3,…

Results — 12/19/12

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Boys basketball Bessemer City defeated Lincolnton 72-69 on Tuesday. Girls basketball Lincolnton beat Bessemer City 62-22 on Tuesday.…

Around Town — 12-19-12

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WEDNESDAY Cardio dance Lincoln County Parks and Recreation will offer a cardio dance class 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Block Smith Gym in Lincolnton. There will be no class on Dec. 26. For more information, call the Recreation Department at (704) 748-1518. THURSDAY McDonald’s Night Lincoln County Boys & Girls…

Criminal charges — 12-19-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Lonnie Ray Carpenter Jr., 31, of 1638 Roseland Dr. in Lincolnton was charged Dec. 14 with one count of failure to appear. A $2,000 secured bond was set. Tony Eugene Meeks, 35, whose address is unknown, was charged Dec. 14 with…

Reader’s Forum — 12-19-12

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Stop publishing photos of dead deer I have been a reader of Times-News for 50 years, even when I accompanied my husband on many of his military tours overseas. After his death, I joined the Foreign Service for another 20 years overseas. I received the Times-News no matter where I…