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Curtis upbeat about runoff

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Dr. David Curtis of Denver isn’t halting his campaign for a state Senate seat after narrowly finishing second in a three-way Republican primary on Tuesday. “Yes, I plan to seek a run off,” he told the Times-News in an email on Thursday. Curtis finished with about…

Legislators play victims in water rescue exercise

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, and N.C. Sen. Chris Carney, R-Iredell, may have been at their party headquarters on Tuesday, but by Wednesday, they found themselves tied to the end of a rope dangling from a helicopter over the waters of Lake Norman. The politicians served…

Rock goes through windshield on U.S. 321

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Brunswick County man was transported to a Lincoln County hospital Wednesday evening after deputies said someone threw a large rock through a car window and injured him while he was traveling down U.S. 321. A department press release stated that the victim, Pearlie Nailer, 56,…

Kids get close-up look at law enforcement work

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “It gives kids the opportunity to see what kind of community work is out there and to stay on the right track,” S. Ray Lowder Elementary School teacher Jennifer Sain said about Tuesday’s annual Adopt-A-Cop picnic at Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton. Sain’s second-graders were…

Deputies charge man with sex crimes against girl, 15

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County man has been charged with sexually assaulting a teen girl inside his vehicle near a local church last month. According to a Sheriff’s Office press release, Det. Seth Bailey arrested 42-year-old Wesley Joe Fore, of 6782 Glover Lane in Stanley, on Wednesday for…

Elderly driver stopped going wrong way

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies discovered an elderly woman driving 30 mph under the speed limit without a license Tuesday night while on the wrong side of U.S. 321. The 87-year-old driver told deputies she had been traveling from Charlotte to Salisbury when she got lost. After deputies said they…

Local author to sign her book on Sunday

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Receptionist, wife, mother and grandmother to a few grand puppies, Lincolnton resident Paulette Ballard can now add author to the list. She had her first book published about four weeks ago through Creekside Publishing Company in Lincolnton. So far, the feedback has been positive and those…

North Lincoln marketing students compete at national level

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer North Lincoln High School teacher Tammy Gilmore packed up her students and flew the coop last week in hopes of adding another plaque to the wall in her classroom. Gilmore is the advisor of DECA, an association of marketing students. Seven of the NLHS students had…

School Board devotes meeting to saluting students

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Recognizing Lincoln County students’ achievements filled the majority of time at Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting. Youth from across the county were recognized for awards, scholarships and other merit-worthy accomplishments: West Lincoln and Lincolnton High Future Business Leaders of America students who placed in the…

Mitchem, Martin, Patton take county seats

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Mitchem, Martin, Patton take county seats FRANK TAYLOR and SARAH LOWERY Lincoln Times-News staff Carrol Mitchem emerged as the overwhelming favorite in a six-way Republican primary for three county commissioner seats Tuesday, winning the most votes overall and placing well in nearly every portion of the county. Claiming his third…