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Obituaries 12-21-12

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Jimmy Ernest Hoyle Mr. Jimmy Ernest Hoyle, age 82, of 107 Sigmon Road in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Hollybrook Cemetery with Pastor Tommy Conder officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.…

School board promises transparency

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   “We’re going to be an open book, and will make sure that transparency is there,” Lincoln County Board of Education member Bob Silver told the Times-News on Tuesday. “The culture of this board has changed and everybody wants the public to know that we…

County agrees to $3.5M water plant upgrade

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously signed off on a nearly $3.5 million contract for improvements to the county’s water-treatment plant during its meeting Monday night. Funded by the water and sewer capital-improvement budget, the project will result in upgrades to the plant’s…

Bringing toys to local kids

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  Toys for Tots prepares for second major toy presentation of season JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County Toys for Tots may have already handed out toys to more than 900 needy area children this month but the organization anticipates more than 600 additional children from the county’s eastern…

Need ‘skyrockets’ as Ministry prepares Christmas food boxes

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “The numbers have skyrocketed,” Christian Ministry’s Executive Director Susan Brymer told the Times-News Tuesday, regarding the amount of needy Lincoln County families. The organization hands out 25 food boxes each day, with each box containing roughly $200 in food items. From January through October,…

Expect local impact after court upholds ban on sweepstakes centers

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Local video sweepstakes centers will be forced to close following the N.C. Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to uphold a ban on such establishments. The state’s highest court reversed an appellate court’s ruling that a legislative ban on Internet sweepstakes gaming restricted free speech.…

Obituaries 12-19-12

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Anthony Wayne Haithcox Anthony Wayne Haithcox “Tony,” 64, of 222 Springs East Road, Lincolnton was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 14, 2012. Celebration of Life services will be held at 4 p.m. today at St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ in Maiden. Tony was born…

Mustangs top Rebels 43-37

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East Lincoln opens SPC play with win over West Lincoln KEN BRADLEY Special to LTN VALE — It’s a rare occasion when two rivals get together and both teams walk away smiling. OK, maybe East Lincoln and West Lincoln weren’t all smiles after Tuesday night’s game, but both had reasons…

Lady Rebels beat East Lincoln 41-34

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KEN BRADLEY Special to LTN VALE — A collapsed lung kept West Lincoln girls basketball coach Holly Specht from attending Tuesday’s conference opener against East Lincoln in person, but it didn’t keep her from watching. From her hospital room in Gaston Memorial Hospital, Specht tuned in via Skype, at least…

Knights fall short against Rams in OT

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor PUMPKIN CENTER — The Highland Tech Rams boys varsity basketball team’s 0-6 record headed into Tuesday’s Southern Piedmont Conference opener against the North Lincoln Knights may have been a bit deceiving. The Rams (1-6, 1-0 SPC) faced tough competition in their nonconference schedule against East Rutherford,…