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Veterans Day: Remembrance, honor

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Passing on memories of Iwo Jima MARTHA K. SEAGLE Staff Writer Now 90 years old, Leonard Scronce of Vale still recalls his experience as a sergeant in the U.S. Army when the United States took Iwo Jima. “Iwo Jima is a very small island 660 miles from Japan,” Scronce said.…

Saluting veterans in Lincoln County

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Commander Charles Adams, an administrator for Disabled American Veterans, offers an invocation during a salute to veterans Thursday afternoon at the Brian Center in Lincolnton. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “They’ve liberated slaves … and toppled terrorist organizations,” Sheriff David Carpenter said of our nation’s more than one billion war vets,…

Invaders startled, flee, being sought

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies have been unable to find a home intruder after a Lincolnton woman awakened to see him standing in her bedroom doorway Wednesday morning. The resident of the 3100 block of Range Road may have startled the burglar who quickly fled the property, deputies said. The…

Hospital pays tribute to organ donors

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MARTHA K. SEAGLE Staff Writer A somber yet joyous ceremony took place Wednesday, as families and staff of CMC-Lincoln paid tribute to those from the Lincoln County area who donated organs and tissues to help others during the past year. Speaking to the gathering, Pastor Ted Bost of Daniels Lutheran…

Voters stick with incumbents

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Dr. John “Les” Cloninger (left) smiles at supporters at Democratic headquarters Tuesday night as he accepts a congratulatory handshake from his Republican opponent, Sam Ausband Jr., while the night’s other winning council candidate, Democrat Larry Mac Hovis (center), looks on. SARAH LOWERY and FRANK TAYLOR LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS STAFF Three incumbent…

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…