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Starting 2012 off with a bang

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2012 Medicare debate is all about baby boomers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Baby boomers take note: Medicare as your parents have known it is headed for big changes no matter who wins the White House in 2012. You may not like it, but you might have to accept it. Dial down the partisan rhetoric and surprising similarities emerge from…

Top Stories of 2011

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Dee Littlejohn spearheaded the Lincolnton offense with more rushing yards than anyone in Wolves’ history.…

Top stories of 2011

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Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies prepare to enter the home of a drug suspect in August. The Lincoln Times-News team sat down this week to look over the past year’s headlines and rank the top Lincoln County news stories of 2011. We tried to identify stories that represented bigger trends and…

Election appeal off until DA has chance to act

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   An appeal to the North Carolina Board of Elections over protests regarding absentee-ballot voting in this fall’s Lincolnton city elections has been temporarily withdrawn. The decision appears to be part of a wait-and-see strategy from those who lodged the protests, because of an ongoing criminal…

Fire crews rescue dog from swollen South Fork River

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County fire crews helped to rescue a dog Wednesday that had been stranded for more than day on the South Fork River during a time when heavy rain’s contributed to an increase in the river’s water levels. According to a Denver Fire Department press…

Search on for suspect in heist of 500-plus tires

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies are looking for a man accused of stealing a tractor-trailer cab from a Charlotte trucking company Wednesday and using it to take several hundred tires from a trailer stored at a second trucking company in Lincolnton. According to a Sheriff’s Office press release, a…

Remembering the early days of It’s

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‘Christmas Angel’ pays off power bills

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer National newsmedia outlets recently reported on the number of mystery donors who visited retail stores across the country this year, paying off people’s layaway bills. Lincoln County is no exception when it comes to holiday generosity. According to Linda Garner, office service representative for Rutherford Electric,…

Weapons stash found under blazing house

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   On Christmas day, flames consumed an Iron Station residence where deputies said they located several firearms beneath the home. Fire officials responded just after 6 p.m. to 1848 Brevard Place Road. After finding guns and ammunition stored under the house, fire officials said they called…