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City of Cherryville employee sentenced for stealing utility payments

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Staff report A former City of Cherryville employee was sentenced on Thursday to just over a year in prison for embezzling nearly $93,000 from the city. Jennifer Neal Hoyle, 36, of Cherryville, pleaded guilty to three felony counts of program fraud in 2013 as the result of a joint state…

Sen. Curtis, committee hear about effects of ACA

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer North Carolina lawmakers continued their debate over the controversial overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system this week. The Joint Study Committee on the Affordable Care Act and Implementation Issues held its first meeting in Raleigh on Tuesday. The committee was created in January by Republican House…

Six candidates vying for 2 Board of Commissioners seats

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer This year, six candidates are running for two available Board of Commissioners seats. Republican candidates include Bill S. Beam, Mike Davis, Anita McCall, Martin Oakes and Richard Permenter. Adam Long is the only Democrat candidate running for a County Commissioner seat. County Commissioners James Klein and…

Brother stabbing ruled self-defense

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Staff report A Vale man was transported to Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby with life-threatening injuries on Wednesday after being stabbed by his brother. Rodney Scott Wright, 45, was stabbed in the abdomen with a pocketknife by his brother, John A. Wright, 43, according to an incident report from…

Slump busters

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Wolves top Bandys on walk-off By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Joe Goodson epitomizes Lincolnton High’s baseball team. The senior had yet to get a hit this season for a team that had yet to earn a victory. That all changed Thursday with one swing. Goodson’s first hit of 2014 was…

Trojans best Wolves in SD-7 opener

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By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Lincolnton’s conference opener in girls soccer on Wednesday didn’t go as coach Ian Leith had hoped in terms of a win, but he saw plenty from his young team to be excited about going forward. Katie Spaulding’s hat trick gave Bandys an insurmountable lead, but…

WL softball routs N-C, takes over first in SD-7

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Katie Hively drove in three runs and Kylee Leonhardt drove in four as West Lincoln’s softball team moved into first place in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference with a 15-0, three-inning win at Newton-Conover. Hively went 2-for-3 and Leonhardt went 1-for-1 with a triple and a…

Calendar — 3/21/14

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Upcoming games This schedule may not include cancellations, postponements or changes not reported to the Lincoln Times-News: Today Baseball E. Lincoln at Newton-Conover Bessemer City at Lincoln Charter Lincolnton at Bunker Hill Mooresville at N. Lincoln W. Caldwell at W. Lincoln Softball E. Lincoln at Newton-Conover, 4:30 p.m. (varsity only)…

UPDATED: Serial toe sucker charged

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have charged a man they said sucked a stranger’s toes after luring the person to try on shoes inside the Lincolnton Wal-Mart on Monday. Michael A. Brown, a registered sex offender from Concord, was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female by the Lincolnton Police…

Commissioners OK community center expansion

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners has voted to move forward with the renovation of a community center after a tense debate. At their meeting Monday night, commissioners listened to Director of Public Works Don Chamblee and Director of Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Erma…