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More federal sentences in online child porn ring tied to Lincolnton man

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two Wisconsin men and one Missouri man were sentenced Tuesday for their role in a six-person child pornography ring that also involved a Lincolnton man, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in the Western District of North Carolina said. A federal judge sentenced Daniel Slott,…

Gun permit applications can now be done online

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County residents can now apply for and purchase gun permits through the Sheriff’s Office website. The agency recently made the switch to online applications to “provide better customer service” and “streamline the permit process,” ultimately cutting back on the public’s flow of traffic…

Deputies charge 2 cocaine suspects

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office locked up a homeless man and a Gaston County man Friday on felony drug charges, following a month-long investigation headed by the narcotics division, deputies said. Investigators were working surveillance at the Marathon gas station on East Main Street…

Patton returns to chair county commissioners

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Mitchem casts dissenting vote   SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County Commissioner Alex Patton will retain his post as board chairman for the next two years, following a 4-1 vote by fellow commissioners Monday night. Commissioner Carrol Mitchem cast the sole dissenting vote. The decision came after this year’s…

Picking out a tree at local farms

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  Natural Christmas tree customers have several farms to choose from SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer For those Lincoln County residents still on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree, there shouldn’t be much road to travel. Local farms are offering up a variety of trees ready for choosing, and the…

Kiser named ‘mayor’ for Cat Square parade

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Cat Square community has named former N.C. Rep. Joe Kiser its 2012 “mayor.” Kiser, who also served as the county’s head law enforcement official from 1989 to 1994, will be featured in Saturday’s 38th annual Cat Square parade in Vale. The 79-year-old also…

Donations help Christmas fund, but Christian Ministry soup kitchen needs food

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The public has a little more than three weeks left to donate to Christian Ministry’s annual Christmas Fund, and already, the total has exceeded the organization’s target goal of $50,000. “I am encouraged,” Executive Director Susan Brymer told the Times-News on Tuesday. While numerous…

LHS science teacher receives regional honor

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   On any given day you might find Lincolnton High science teacher Kathy Bosiak riding on a shopping cart through a parking lot while her husband Steve pushes her, teaching Earth Science to her students, or helping her cheerleading squad learn to do proper lifts.…

Holiday Pops performance set for Thurs. in Lincolnton

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   A live orchestra comprised of 65 professional musicians playing traditional and original holiday pieces will ring in the holiday season Thursday in Lincolnton, as the North Carolina Symphony will perform for its 80th anniversary season — a truly magical experience, said Rob Maddrey, senior…

Mustangs topple Tarboro to take state football title

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