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Criminal Charges

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: David Gerome Gail, 47, of 249 S Crigler Street in Charlotte was charged Nov. 4 with one count each of driving while license revoked, failure to comply and driving while impaired. An unknown bond amount was set. Caleb Alan Dills, 18,…

Shelter officials: More than 130 animals to be euthanized today

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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 at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter today. According to an email sent out to rescue groups in the area from Assistant Shelter Supervisor…

Christian Ministries opens annual Christmas Fund

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Monday marked the kick-off for Christian Ministries’ annual Christmas Fund. The first ministry to be taken up by the South Poplar Street nonprofit, the yearly distribution of toys, food boxes and clothing to community members in need originally began with a few local churches. When the…

Court documents shed light on Ponzi scheme

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Iron Station resident Carl David Wright was recently sentenced to four years in Federal prison, following a ponzi scheme in which Wright stole over $1 million from clients utilizing his services as an unlicensed commodities investor. Wright was a former schoolteacher and resigned from his position…

City gives nod to long-term airport plan

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council members held a contentious discussion regarding a 40-year industrial vision project at their meeting Thursday night. Lincoln Economic Development Association Business Development Manager Crystal Gettys presented the long-term proposed industrial project to council members In a previous article, the Times-News reported that a…

Business Spotlight: Carolina Furniture Mart

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For long-time Lincolnton residents, Carolina Furniture Mart is known for offering quality furniture at affordable prices. Married for 54 years, Vale natives Pat and Bud Boyles co-own the store with their two sons, David and Stuart Boyles. “Our boys have been involved in the furniture business…

A day on the links at Betty Ross

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Club expands and improves disc golf course in Lincolnton ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Disc Golf Club is making big changes at Betty G. Ross Park. The club began in 2011 and the goal was simple: to play disc golf. A sport very much like traditional golf, except with…

Catawba Co. men nabbed for break-ins

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Staff report Two Conover residents were taken into custody by the Lincolnton Police Department on felony breaking and entering charges on Wednesday. Zakari David Glode, 27, and Jerry Wayne Kinzer, Jr., 25, both of 2939 East Highway 10 in Conover were identified as suspects after officers with the Lincolnton Police…

Silver, Mullis bid farewell to school board

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Outgoing Board of Education members Bob Silver and Clayton Mullis took a few moments at the end of Thursday’s meeting to share their thoughts on the end of their current tenure as elected officials. “Upon leaving my position at the Lincoln County Board of Education, I’d…

Oakes ready to take seat on commission

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer With the 2014 election season now over, newly elected county commissioners Martin Oakes and Bill Beam are eager to begin their responsibilities on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. “The first order of business is to find out what’s going on,” Oakes said. “The county manager…