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UPDATE: Missing man found

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Staff report A missing Lincoln County man was found in Key West, Florida on Sunday. Jeffrey Odis Hoyle, 55, of 2033 Cabin Lane in Stanley, was reported missing by his family on Nov. 6. The Lincoln County Communications Center was notified by the Key West Police Department around 3:15 p.m.…

Substitute teacher, husband cited for underage drinking at party

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has served a criminal summons on a Lincoln County Schools substitute teacher and her husband related to a recent party involving underage drinking that was held at their home. Amanda Michelle Watts, 36, a substitute teacher, and Alfred Wayne Watts, Jr., 40, of…

Deputies asking for public’s help to locate missing Stanley man

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help to locate a missing 55-year-old Stanley man on Thursday. Deputies said Jeffery Odis Hoyle, of 2033 Cabin Lane, was reported missing by a family member on Nov. 6 and was last seen around Nov. 1. According to a…

Rutherford man faces federal charges

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STAFF REPORT A Rutherford County man could face federal prosecution for selling methamphetamine in Lincoln County following a month long investigation into a drug trafficking organization. An undercover officer with the Narcotics division of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office infiltrated an organization where John Davis Humphries, 44, of 970 Bethany…

Lincolnton mayor won’t seek re-election

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Staff report Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland announced Monday, Nov. 10 that he will not run for re-election in 2015. “While it has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Lincolnton, I feel that I need to give more time to my family, church and business,” Gilleland said…

Shelter officials: More than 130 animals to be euthanized Friday

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Local non-profit and animal rescue group Helping Animals to Survive is making a last-minute effort to save over 130 animals from being euthanized on Friday, Nov. 7. According to an email sent out to rescue groups in the area from Assistant Shelter Supervisor Ryan M. Curry,…

FINAL LINCOLN COUNTY VOTING RESULTS (23 precincts and absentee reporting)

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All Lincoln County precincts reporting Senate Tillis 15,833 Hagan 6,683 Haugh 1,232 US House Dist 10 McHenry 17,211 MacQueen 6,463 NC Senate Dist. 44 Curtis 18,072 NC House Dist 97 Saine 16,579 Hubbard 6,889 District Attorney Dist 27B Miller 16,508 Bridges 6,491 Board of Commissioners Beam 16,050 Oakes 13,294 Long…

Man arrested for stolen vehicle, woman charged for meth after traffic stop

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Staff report A Lincolnton man and woman are facing theft and drug charges following an early morning traffic stop on Nov. 4. Officer Chad Lail with the Lincolnton Police Department noticed a vehicle being driven suspiciously on East Main Street near Highway 321, officers said. Lail initiated a traffic stop…

City man arrested for felony breaking and entering

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Staff report A Lincolnton man is facing felony breaking and entering charges after allegedly being found in possession of stolen goods by police officers on Sunday. Officers Jimmy Barlowe, Richard Harrington and Dylan Beard of the Lincolnton Police Department responded to a breaking and entering in progress call on Nov.…

GOP: Tillis coming to local rally

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Staff report The Lincoln County Republican Party announced on Thursday that U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis will be attending the party’s “Take Back America Rally” at North Lincoln High School on Saturday. “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to have as our special guest U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis,”…

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