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Voters eager as Election Day nears

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Early voting for Tuesday’s long-anticipated general election wrapped up Saturday afternoon, and if the number of Lincoln County residents who have already chosen to cast their ballots is any indication, voters can expect big crowds on Election Day. Crystal Lovingood, assistant director for the county’s Board…

Post-election communion organizers hope faith can unite where politics divide

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “Christians have allowed partisan politics to divide them,” Rev. Kathy Naish told the Times-News on Friday. Pastor of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Lincolnton, Naish was saddened over the way in which Christian churches have increasingly become more passionate about their political views than…

Suspect accused of firing at deputy

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A South Carolina man fired several shots at a Lincoln County deputy’s patrol car Thursday night during a high-speed vehicular chase through three counties, according to the Sheriff’s Office said. Stanley police officers commenced the chase in Gaston County after someone called the department and said…

Gaston DA: Cases tainted by suspect cops being dismissed

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Gaston County District Attorney’s Office recently dismissed charges against more than 30 defendants as a result of the ongoing federal investigation into the city of Cherryville that so far has seen the arrest of six people, including four area police officers. Nearly 60 pending cases…

Mighty Mite football

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Band of Knights set to follow up season of many awards with encore performance

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Though the North Lincoln High Band of Knights is wrapping up its award-winning marching band season this week, the students’ aren’t hanging up their instruments just yet. Thursday, they will present their “Never Ending Trail” production to parents and the Lincoln County community one last time…

County to look at roadway plan

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The future of some of Lincoln County’s roadways will be up for discussion tonight, when the Board of Commissioners is set to receive an update on the status of the Lincolnton Comprehensive Transportation Plan from a North Carolina Department of Transportation official. Linda Dosse, of the…

Accusations cloud school board election

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor With the election just days away and many citizens already having sealed in their picks through absentee ballots and early voting, accusations of misconduct are raising controversy in two Lincoln County Board of Education races. One board member seeking re-election faces a potential censure vote from…

Deputies: Drugs in house lead to arrest

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Sheriff’s narcotics investigators teamed up with city officers to arrest a Lincolnton man during a traffic stop Wednesday, three days after law enforcement authorities located more than 450 grams of marijuana inside his residence, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Officers and deputies apprehended Travis Sentell…

Suspect charged in sex offense on child

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Cherryville man is accused of being involved in multiple sex-related incidents earlier this year with an eight-year-old girl, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies charged Joey Allen Smith Jr., 37, of 2571 Thomas Baxter Lane, Wednesday with one felony count of first-degree sexual offense…