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EDITOR’S NOTE: To publish, or not to publish

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A week ago, this paper broke a story about Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem’s opinions about prayer before government meetings and his views on Muslims. It almost goes without saying, unfortunately, that Mitchem doesn’t exactly have a favorable view of Islam or its adherents —…

WL explodes for 18 runs in win

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor VALE — A ball that rolled between a pair of West Lincoln outfielders turning a single into a double got their coach’s attention. What he said next got the attention of his players. Carson Warlick went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs, Kylee Leonhardt homered, and…

East Lincoln girls look to add state title to résumé

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  RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Melvin Morrison has coached East Lincoln to a girls cross country state title, and its girls track and field team to three consecutive conference championships. The Mustangs will try to pull off the trifecta on Saturday. East Lincoln, which finished second at last week’s 2A…

EL, WL, LCS advance in state baseball playoffs

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS West Lincoln was three outs away from seeing its season end, but the Rebels refused to go down without a fight. The 17th-seeded Rebels fought back to win, and with a little help, get to host a second round game. Alec Johnson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a…

Criminal Charges — 5-15-15

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Criminal charges for May 15, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Raymond Lee Freeman, 50, of 175 Forest Rd. in Lincolnton was charged May 12 with one count of possession of marijuana up to ½ oz. and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Benjamin Paul…

Man charged in Oaklawn shooting

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill after two men were shot in the Oaklawn community on Sunday. Joshua “J-Nasty” Glenn McRavion, 31, of 1100 Lincoln Street, was charged on Tuesday by the Lincolnton Police Department with assault with…

Beyond Trying: Miller has worked every step of the way

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincoln/Cleveland County district attorney Mike Miller has traveled a winding road to his current seat. Not unlike many others who have found success in their careers, Miller’s was achieved through determination and hard work, with an influence provided by his family that he applies to everything…

Sheriff’s Office to sex offenders: ‘No Leniency’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For registered sex offenders in Lincoln County, there is a message that rings clear through the diligence of the Sheriff’s Office. “We take our responsibility to the citizens of this county seriously,” said Lt. Tim Johnson, the major crimes unit commander. “We extend no leniency.” Johnson…

UMAR to find new home

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A downtown Lincolnton nonprofit must find a new place to call home after the sale of the building where it leases space has been completed. The building, located at 202 East Main Street, serves as the home for UMAR, an agency and ministry of the Western…

Trading Places: Popular restaurants on the move

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A pair of popular Lincolnton restaurants will soon find themselves in new locations. Red Fish Grill exited its location at 421 N. Generals Boulevard on May 2 and is destined to move into the former 36th Street Bakery building at 101 N. Court Square…