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Editor’s Note: Needless NSA spying needs to stop

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A federal judge ruled on Dec. 16 that the National Security Agency’s collection of the cell phone metadata of millions of Americans might be a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons,…

Around Town — 12-23-13

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MONDAY Scholarship applications         Applications are available now through Feb. 17 (deadline) for scholarships for Gaston College’s 2014-15 academic year. To apply, visit gaston.academicworks.com or click on the “scholarships” link at the top of the Gaston College website (gaston.edu). For more information or questions, call (704) 922-6228 or (704) 922-6312. Christmas…

Obituaries — 12-23-13

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Joseph William Scott Sr. MAIDEN — Joseph William Scott Sr., age 91, of Maiden passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Sherrills Ford.  Born November 10, 1922 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late John Walter Scott and the late Carrie Head Scott. …

Whitesides delivers

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Frosh nets 26 in LHS girls win By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor VALE –– Saylor Whitesides struggled with her shot for much of the game at West Lincoln, but like any good shooter she kept shooting. The shots eventually started falling, and once they did they didn’t stop. The county’s…

EL boys stomp Bandys

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Freshman Sage Surratt scored a career-high 28 points and his older brother, Chazz, added 20 as East Lincoln routed host Bandys 92-53 on Friday in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference boys basketball opener for both teams. Sage Surratt bested his previous career high of 26 points,…

Calendar — 12/23/13

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Coming Tuesday The Lincoln Times-News will publish its All-Lincoln County football teams on Tuesday in its Christmas Eve edition. Upcoming games Basketball games begin with junior varsity girls, who start at 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted. North Lincoln does not have a JV girls team, so its games begin with…

Men get 5 years for cocaine

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two men busted for possessing just less than half a kilogram of cocaine inside their vehicle last year on U.S. 321 in Lincoln County recently received a more than five-year sentence for drug crimes, narcotics investigators said. Chad Bernard Beatty, 37, of 166 Ridge Valley Drive…

Ladies lead in Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Over the past century, women have made significant strides in obtaining gender equality in the political, social and career realms. While some may struggle with gender discrimination today, the women of Lincoln County’s School Board have refused to let such obstacles impede their journey to becoming…

Adopt-a-Grandparent program brings joy to the elderly from across the nation

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton resident Kimberly Perkins and her Mary Kay family worked together this holiday season to adopt 1,000 “grandparents” living in nursing homes and rest home facilities across the country. The 24-year-old West Lincoln High School graduate, also known by friends, family and co-workers as…

Sheriff’s Office releases a new vehicle description for at-large armed robber

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies are still on the hunt for an armed robber who took money from a Lincoln County restaurant on Sunday. Based on video surveillance, officers said a 5-foot-10 black male with a slender build and dressed in all black clothing entered the Cookout restaurant on N.C.…