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Criminal charges — 2-25-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Thomas Michael McKee, 18, of 785 Old Homestead Ln. in Denver was charged Feb. 21 with one count of failure to appear. A $2,000 secured bond was set. Caleb Matthew Hale, 16, of 6066 King Wilkinson Rd. in Denver was charged…

Around Town — 2-25-13

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MONDAY Blood drives Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host blood drives 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. at the Lincoln County YMCA, 1402 E. Gaston St. in Lincolnton. For more information, call (704) 972-4700. Basic Skills Orientation The Gaston College-Lincoln Campus will host a four-day Basic Skills New Student…

Deadline to enter Adult Spelling Bee is March 8

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The 16th annual Adult Spelling Bee is around the corner, with the deadline for entries set for March 8. The fundraising event, to take place 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 in the auditorium of the Citizens Center, brings businesses, civic clubs, churches and schools together in…

EL Mustangs fall to LNC 47-40 in conference tournament title game

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Big fourth quarter lifts Lake Norman Charter to win MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor DENVER — The Lake Norman Charter Knights boys varsity basketball team broke a 33-33 tie with the East Lincoln Mustangs early in the fourth quarter and outscored the Mustangs 14-7 down the stretch to take a 47-40…

Local wrestlers qualify for state tournament

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor Seven Lincoln County wrestlers qualified for the 2A state tournament after top-four finishes in their weight classes at the 2A West Regional championships at West Lincoln on Saturday. West Lincoln senior Clay Alguire (138 lbs.) and sophomore Mack George (182 lbs.) were Lincoln County’s sole class…

Lady Wolves win SPC tourney title

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor DENVER — The Lincolnton Lady Wolves girls varsity basketball team and the Lake Norman Charter Lady Knights tied for the regular-season Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference championship. But Lincolnton made a case for the title of top team in the SPC with a 45-44 win over Lake…

Mosteller signs with Milligan

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Schedules — 2-25-13

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Boys playoff basketball East Lincoln hosts North Lincoln at 7 p.m. today. Lincolnton travels to Pisgah at 8 p.m. today. Girls playoff basketball North Lincoln hosts North Henderson at 6 p.m. today. Lincolnton hosts Smoky Mountain at 7 p.m. today. West Lincoln travels to Pisgah at 6:30 p.m. today.…

Sheriff’s Office: RSI worker died after he became caught in a saw

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has released the name and cause of death of a man accidentally killed while working Saturday morning at a cabinet-manufacturing plant on the county’s northern end. Marendonio Francisco Viruel Lopez, 35, of 1007 Grazing Meadows Ct. in Lincolnton, suffered traumatic injuries…

Fire Marshal: Blaze destroys Maiden clubhouse

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Fire Officials said they have not ruled out arson yet as the cause of a blaze Sunday morning that destroyed the Glen Oaks Country Club in Maiden. “We haven’t ruled anything out at this point,” Catawba County Fire Marshal Mark Petit told the Times-News Monday morning. “That’s common practice.” Petit said…