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Expect local impact after court upholds ban on sweepstakes centers

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Local video sweepstakes centers will be forced to close following the N.C. Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to uphold a ban on such establishments. The state’s highest court reversed an appellate court’s ruling that a legislative ban on Internet sweepstakes gaming restricted free speech.…

ABC set to air Lincolnton segment tonight

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincolnton will be in the spotlight tonight as the episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” taped this time last year finally airs to a national audience. James and Devonda Friday were selected to receive the home makeover as part of a series of holiday-themed…

Court of Appeals overturns two of Huss’ convictions

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln County man sentenced last year to more than a decade behind bars for kidnapping and raping an ex-girlfriend in 2007 is one step closer to freedom after the North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned two of his convictions last month and is…

Conversations with Santa

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School board committees to meet tonight

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  Staff Writer   After leadership and member changes recently, the Lincoln County Board of Education Policy Committee will work together tonight to solve an issue that was addressed during the School Board’s meeting last week — the future schedule of the board heading into the new year, and how…

Missing woman found

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Deputies have located a 20-year-old Lincoln County woman who went missing earlier this month, the Sheriff’s Office said. Raven Marie Nivens, of 3662 Oakdale Drive in Crouse, fled her home through her bedroom window on Dec. 8, her family told deputies. They reported…

New leaders, counsel for school board

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Along with three new members of the Lincoln County Board of Education being sworn in this week, the board faces a change in leadership and legal counsel. Candy Burgin will now serve as the board’s chair, with newcomer Mark Mullen as her Vice-Chair, following unanimous votes…

Search on for missing Crouse woman

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies are searching for a missing Crouse woman believed to have run away from her residence Saturday night, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Family of Raven Marie Nivens, 20, of 3662 Oakdale Drive, reported her missing on Sunday and thought she may have escaped her…

Deputy due in court for DWI charge

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy is due in a Gaston County courtroom today for allegedly driving drunk and crashing his motorcycle along an area roadway in October, sending him to the hospital. It will be Deputy Matt Hovis’s first appearance on the DWI charge, according to…

Anti-abuse coalition hosting fundraiser

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Nearly a quarter of the children who entered the doors of the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse’s Child Advocacy Center this year were residents of the county’s eastern end, Executive Director Sherry Reinhardt told the Times-News on Thursday. Reinhardt praised the organization’s notable-sized support system…