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Gilleland wins 2nd term

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Zoning debate splits county

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SARAH LOWERY     STAFF WRITER Commissioners engaged in a heated discussion of zoning issues during their meeting Monday night before voting 3-2 to approve applicant Josh Kiser’s request to rezone nearly an acre of land in Ironton Township from residential-suburban to general-business. Commissioners James Klein and George Arena cast…

Challenges to 27 ballots can’t alter outcome

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  FRANK TAYLOR     MANAGING EDITOR A series of challenges that Republicans filed Tuesday over absentee ballot requests won’t affect the outcome of this week’s election, but the complainants hope to set a precedent against what they claim are improper practices. At issue is an apparent absentee ballot campaign…

Deputies: K-9 search finds coke in Cadillac

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON    STAFF WRITER Deputies followed a suspicious-looking vehicle to a residence off N.C. 27 Sunday morning and arrested the driver for alleged cocaine possession. Authorities said they noticed the burgundy Cadillac along with a crack in the windshield as it passed by them sometime after 3 a.m. on East…

Police: Months needed to verify cause of death in recent slaying

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON     STAFF WRITER Police said it will be at least several months before a cause of death is determined in last month’s city homicide case in which a man is accused of killing his girlfriend and leaving her body inside her Lincolnton residence. Lt. Brian Greene, head…

School Board set to receive public feedback on redistricting tonight

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MARTHA K. SEAGLE  STAFF WRITER   The public gets its say on proposals for Lincoln County School Board redistricting 6:30 p.m. today at the district’s offices on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. During an Oct. 27 meeting, Board of Education members narrowed the field of proposals down to three, known…

Teen hospitalized after SUV flips over

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON  STAFF WRITER A teen was rushed to the hospital after her vehicle flipped on a portion of roadway in western Lincoln County Tuesday morning. Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services along with Union Fire Department and North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to 2181 Reepsville Road just before 8…

State leaders meet with Lincoln citizens

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SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER   U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton both made stops in Lincolnton on Friday. The Democratic politicians met with constituents to discuss pressing issues and rally support for their party. Hagan hosted her 50th “Conversations with Kay” at the Lincoln County Senior Center…

County to revisit divisive zoning question

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  SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will revisit a rezoning request at tonight’s meeting that previously elicited a divided response. The Times-News reported after the Sept. 12 meeting that applicant Josh Kiser’s request to rezone nearly an acre of land in Ironton Township from…

City election on Tuesday

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  SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER   Lincolnton residents who are of age and registered to vote are reminded that they are eligible to participate in Tuesday’s city election. Voting will take place from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. at all precincts that include Lincolnton voters, including: Boger City Fire Department…