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Criminal Charges — 10-30-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Michael Edward Gwaltney Jr., 37, of 4801 N.C. 73 in Iron Station was charged Oct. 25 with one count each of larceny and possession with intent to manufacture a schedule IV controlled substance. No bond was set. Scott Wesley McClain, 31,…

Memories, a memorial and a tribute: my personal recollections

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BILL WARD Guest Columnist On Friday night Oct. 25, 2013, the community dedicated the equipment room at Lincolnton High School football field house to one of its fallen heroes, US Marine Capt. Jeb Seagle. This is a fitting tribute to Jeb, a Lincolnton High School 1972 graduate who was killed…

Meeks, Wilkinson Engagement

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Mr. and Mrs. Chris Meeks of Lincolnton announce the engagement of their daughter, Sadie Kristin to Michael Christopher Wilkinson son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Wilkinson of Charlotte. A December wedding is planned.  …

Obituaries — 10-30-13

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Betty Ruth Whiteside Dameron Betty Ruth Whiteside Dameron, 85, of Lincolnton, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at her home. A native of Lincolnton, she was born on December 22, 1927.  She was the daughter of the late Julius and Edith Cornwell Whiteside. Betty started…

Deputies: Missing Lincoln County man located at Charlotte transit station

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A missing Lincoln County man who was last seen Oct. 3 has been located in Charlotte, deputies said. Officers found 42-year-old Glenn Ray Johnson, of Eaker Road on the county’s southwestern end, at a Transportation Transit Station on Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies had gone…

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…