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Blackburn to return as Cherryville city manager

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Staff Writer  Former Cherryville City Manager Ben Thomas Blackburn Jr. will return to his old position after a decade, the city announced Wednesday. Currently the city manager in Lowell, Blackburn received the backing of the City Council after being chosen from a field of 21 applicants. The Cherryville native served…

2nd autopsy report: Husband also died of beating or head trauma

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer  Michael Paul Vincent died from a “homicidal beating” or blunt head trauma, autopsy reports obtained by the Times-News this week reveal for the first time. The 58-year-old Lincolnton man’s body was found in July alongside that of his wife Bonnie Sue Vincent, 53. A previously released…

Sex offender charged with not registering at right address

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer  An eastern Lincoln County sex offender failed to register his correct address with the Sheriff’s Office, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. Deputies said Raimund Karl Grimm Jr., 38, of 7782 Burbank Lane in Denver, falsely told them he lived at his father’s residence. Last month,…

A temporary bridge

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Obama wins

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    Romney wins Lincoln Co. easily, state more narrowly Staff and wire reports President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. In victory,…

Election results in contested races

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  Note: All results are considered unofficial until local and state election boards canvass in a few days. Small changes in numbers are likely. Typically only the closest races are subject to any challenge, recount or change in result. U.S. PRESIDENT (as of 3 a.m.) National vote Popular Electoral *Obama…

Election results to shake up School Board

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    Republicans claim wins in 3 of 4 seats Lincoln Times-News staff Lincoln County residents went with Republican candidates in three of four Board of Education races on Tuesday’s ballot. In District 1, Cathy Davis finished ahead of board member Tommy Houser and Nolan Nance. Mark Mullen defeated former…

Faithful gather for post-election communion

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “Politics and church have no business being one in the same,” Lincolnton resident Darrell Devine told the Times-News Tuesday night. Devine was one of several attendants at the “Election Day Communion” event at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Lincolnton. The…

McCrory defeats Dalton, with boost from Lincoln County

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      Staff and wire reports   RALEIGH — Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory was elected North Carolina’s first Republican governor in 20 years on Tuesday, meaning the GOP will control both the executive and legislative branches of government for the first time in more than a century. The…

Curtis defeats Bulla for N.C. Senate

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  Lincoln Times-News staff   Dr. David Curtis, a Denver optometrist, defeated Democrat Ross Bulla of Denver in a bid for the N.C. Senate, winning Lincoln County and the district by a comfortable margin. Curtis, told fellow Republicans that he was glad the race was over, saying he looks forward…