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Our View — Deal with immigration now

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Let’s hope Sen. John McCain was right when he said immigration reform could happen this year. McCain, on CNN on Sunday, said immigration reform needs to be dealt with during this election cycle to make Republicans less vulnerable during the 2016 presidential campaign, when the issue is sure to come…

Deputies: Narcs bust Stanley man for marijuana grow operation

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  Carlton Williams   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A call to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Drug Tip Line resulted in the arrest Tuesday morning of a Stanley man accused of operating an indoor grow operation with hydroponic marijuana, deputies said. Narcotics investigators first responded to a southeastern county apartment…

Sheriff’s Office: Deputy arrested wrong-way driver on N.C. 16

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies locked up a Denver man early Sunday morning for driving the wrong-way down N.C. 16 while under the influence. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Communications Center alerted the law enforcement agency about the driver, stating he was traveling against…

Former DSS worker’s rape charge cleared

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A Mecklenburg County judge has expunged rape charges against a former unit supervisor with the Lincoln County Department of Social Services. Sherman Pride, 44, of Cornelius, received court documents last spring that the second-degree rape charge a co-worker filed against him in…

Around Town — 2-17-14

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  MONDAY Board of Health  The Lincoln County Board of Health will meet 5:30 p.m. at the Health Department, 151 Sigmon Rd. in Lincolnton. The meeting was rescheduled from Feb. 11. For more information, call (704) 735-3001. Heart Month program                                                                                                                            CMC-Lincoln will celebrate Heart Month 6 p.m. at Sally’s…

NAACP event marks Black History Month

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    Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News      The Western Carolina University Inspirational Choir performs at the Lincoln County NAACP Black History Month Celebration at the Cultural Center on Sunday.   Image courtesy of…

Asheville Dem announces challenge to McHenry

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   An Asheville Democrat has filed to run for North Carolina’s 10th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Republican Patrick McHenry. Tate MacQueen filed last Friday. For the past 20 years, MacQueen has served public schools throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland…

Man’s icy creation far from average snowman

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  Contributed      John Rippe built this replica of the Coca-Cola polar bear outside his Vale home during the recent snowstorm.   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   From polar bears and dinosaurs to penguins and cartoon characters, one Vale resident has a knack for crafting snow sculptures. While most people seemed…

A different kind of ministry

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest columnist I was talking with some ladies in a coffee house last Friday, realized we were laughing loudly and turned around to apologize to the gentleman sitting at the table beside me. Jason Williams was working on his laptop and just laughed and said it was no…

Obituaries — 2-17-14

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Emma Louise Rhyne Devine STANLEY — Emma Louise Rhyne Devine, age 94, of Stanley Total Living Center, died on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Her funeral service was 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2014, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charlene Hutchings officiating. Burial followed in the Laboratory…