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Betty G. Ross remembered as advocate for public recreation

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  Staff reports   Betty G. Ross, a notable figure in both athletics and politics in the city of Lincolnton, passed away at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville on Saturday. Ross served as Lincolnton’s first city recreation director, a position she held from 1947 until her retirement in 1990. Betty…

Guilty plea in federal health care fraud case

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  News of scheme shook up 2012 Lincoln Co. judge race JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A second person pleaded guilty Friday in connection with a federal health care fraud scheme that also involved the wife a retired Lincoln County assistant district attorney and former district 27B judge candidate, according to…

Swearing in a new Senator

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Community giving helps Christian Ministry meet needs

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Christian Ministry officials broke down the group’s annual budget to the Times-News on Friday, noting that this past holiday season, the organization distributed more $168,000 in food boxes to nearly 750 local families and more than $40,000 in toys to nearly 830 needy children.…

Bee’s top speller works to ‘alleviate’ pressure for the win

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Thirteen-year-old Eric Gunter spelled his way to a w-i-n at the 2013 Lincoln County Schools Spelling Bee last week. The room was silent at First Baptist Church in Lincolnton as a West Lincoln Middle student worked his way through the correct spelling of the…

Putting out a barn blaze

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Good news: 26 new jobs; Bad news: 50 jobs lost

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Tenowa announces expansion; Reports: Furniture maker closes SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Thursday brought both good and bad news for Lincoln County’s economy, with one local company announcing plans to create 26 new jobs and another reportedly halting operations and laying off 50 workers. According to multiple reports from area news…

Getting schools back on track

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Repairs under way at LHS, WLHS AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Runners at Lincolnton and West Lincoln high schools will have completely revamped tracks to use when spring track season gets under way. Both schools’ track facilities are in the process of major improvement projects. The schools shared similar issues with…

4 plead guilty in Cherryville police corruption case

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer After pleading guilty Thursday in federal court to safeguarding stolen property and proceeds from their sale in 2011, three local cops and one Cherryville resident face the prospect of serving federal sentences for their crimes. According to media reports Mark Ray Hoyle, Casey Justin Crawford, Wesley…

McCrory: Alexander to take charge of Personnel

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A Lincoln County resident was among those named Thursday to Gov.-elect Pat McCrory’s administration. Neal Alexander of Denver will serve as the director of the State Office of Personnel. The announcement came at a press conference in Raleigh, during which the former Charlotte mayor filled out…