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Gaddy sentenced to more than 9 years for 2010 slaying

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Denver man, who’s been behind bars since 2010 for murdering a neighbor and burning down his residence, received a reduced sentence Tuesday due to a plea agreement, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. A judge consolidated John Paul Gaddy’s charges of felony manslaughter and first-degree…

Rhyne named to McCrory’s transition team

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Johnathan Rhyne, former state representative and partner at The Jonas Law Firm, P.L.L.C. in downtown Lincolnton, will join Governor-elect Pat McCrory’s transition-leadership team, according to an announcement from the former Charlotte mayor’s press office Thursday afternoon. McCrory defeated Democratic opponent Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton Tuesday night…

Correction on charges listing

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Correction Dakota Lee was recently charged by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with two misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked and one count each of reckless driving and no motorcycle endorsement. In Monday’s edition, he was incorrectly listed in the “Criminal Charges” section with additional charges that belonged to…

New Cherryville City Manager named

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer In less than a month, Lowell’s city manager Ben Thomas Blackburn Jr., will return to Cherryville to fill the same position, one he first served in his hometown a decade ago, according to a press release sent to the Times-News today. City Council “was in full…

Obits 11-7-12

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Ralph Parker 4/25/1925 – 11/6/2012 Ralph C. Parker, 87, of 2063 North Brook #3 School Road, Vale, died Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Born April 25, 1925 in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Otis Parker and Minnie…

Obama wins

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    Romney wins Lincoln Co. easily, state more narrowly Staff and wire reports President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. In victory,…

Election results in contested races

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  Note: All results are considered unofficial until local and state election boards canvass in a few days. Small changes in numbers are likely. Typically only the closest races are subject to any challenge, recount or change in result. U.S. PRESIDENT (as of 3 a.m.) National vote Popular Electoral *Obama…

Election results to shake up School Board

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    Republicans claim wins in 3 of 4 seats Lincoln Times-News staff Lincoln County residents went with Republican candidates in three of four Board of Education races on Tuesday’s ballot. In District 1, Cathy Davis finished ahead of board member Tommy Houser and Nolan Nance. Mark Mullen defeated former…

Faithful gather for post-election communion

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “Politics and church have no business being one in the same,” Lincolnton resident Darrell Devine told the Times-News Tuesday night. Devine was one of several attendants at the “Election Day Communion” event at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Lincolnton. The…

McCrory defeats Dalton, with boost from Lincoln County

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      Staff and wire reports   RALEIGH — Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory was elected North Carolina’s first Republican governor in 20 years on Tuesday, meaning the GOP will control both the executive and legislative branches of government for the first time in more than a century. The…