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Hearing on absentee ballots set for Monday

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SARAH LOWERY and FRANK TAYLOR Lincoln Times-News Staff   With challenges to 27 absentee ballot requests in last week’s city elections aimed squarely at making state officials commit to a consistent policy in advance of next year’s elections, the North Carolina Board of Elections appears to be working to do…

Economy forces sports programs to merge

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Writer   A struggling economy and a growing number of area programs offering youth sports has led to the city recreation department consolidating two of its youth sports programs with the Lincolnton Optimist Club. The move began this fall with Optimist Club players and coaches playing in…

Primary opponent criticizes McHenry over bonuses to congressional staff

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Denver journalist and congressional canidate Ken Fortenberry has taken issue with U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, of North Carolina’s 10th District, over his use of funds, particularly for handing out bonuses to his staff. Fortenberry, who is challenging McHenry for his seat in the U.S. House…

Deputies looking for missing 14-year-old

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies believe a teen girl who was staying in a foster home in Lincoln County’s western end may have fled the residence and gone to a biological parent’s home in Catawba County over the weekend. A resident of the home told deputies that 14-year-old Kaitlyn…

Students to perform with Army marching band

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “Strength, determination and teamwork — these are the strengths that give them the right to wear the colors of the U.S. Army,” Lt. Ryan Cermely said of East Lincoln High School band students Jake Ballard and Alaina Seidle. With the entire school body watching and…

Complaints taking aim at future elections

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Challenges to several ballots cast in last week’s Lincolnton city elections can’t affect the outcomes, but the people behind the complaints say they are really concerned about future elections. The Republicans who wrote and organized the complaints told the Times-News in recent days that they want…

Veteran’s Day Parade

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A young Uncle Sam waves to those along the parade route.…

Parade celebrates local heroes

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MARTHA K. SEAGLE Staff Writer A crystal clear fall day was the perfect back-drop for Friday’s Veterans Day Parade as an estimated several thousand citizens turned out to pay tribute to area veterans. The Last Man’s Club of World War II veterans, led by Commander James Leatherman, was well represented…

New hotel could change game for business travelers

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The new Hampton Inn in Lincolnton had a “soft opening” on Thursday, with the official ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Friday. As a highly anticipated addition to town, the hotel will provide much-needed rooms for visitors to the area, particularly business travelers. Barry Matherly, executive director of…

West Lincoln 6th-grader tops in showmanship at State Fair

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MARTHA K. SEAGLE Staff Writer   Cody Beam, a sixth-grade student at West Lincoln Middle, took top honors in the Youth Show 9-10 Showmanship category at the N.C. State Fair on Oct. 15. The Youth Show is the largest competition at the State Fair, having over 1,000 entries. Beam won…