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Women train hard for Charlotte’s lengthy AVON breast cancer walk

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   For the last several months, three Lincolnton women — team name “The Rack Pack: Racking Up the Miles for a Cure” — have been training and raising funds for this month’s AVON Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte, one of eight host cities…

Citizens take advantage of early voting

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Hunger Walk proceeds to benefit locals

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     All funds raised through this weekend’s annual Hunger Walk in Lincolnton will benefit local residents, Event Chairman Charles Stevens said. Prior to changing the event from a Crop Hunger Walk to just Hunger Walk, only a quarter of raised funds stayed in…

Man charged with high-speed chase

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A Charlotte man is accused of trying to use a fake check at a Denver store Tuesday before leading deputies on a high-speed vehicular chase into oncoming traffic. According to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office press release, Valentine Herbert Smith and another…

Candidate Survey: Rhyne & White

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  Editor’s note: Republican incumbent Devin Rhyne and Democrat Mary Frances White are seeking election to Lincolnton’s Ward I seat on the City Council. Rhyne is currently serving out the remainder of his first term on the Council. The Times-News submitted 10 questions to each of the candidates in the…

Candidate Survey: Eaddy & Thomas

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  Editor’s note: Democrat Martin Eaddy and Republican Jay Thomas are vying for Lincolnton’s Ward III seat on the City Council, currently held by Democrat Carroll Heavner. Heavner, a former Mayor of Lincolnton, is the longest-serving official in Lincolnton’s history and is not seeking reelection. The Times-News submitted 10 questions…

Candidate Survey: Mayor Gilleland

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  Editor’s note: Republican incumbent John Gilleland is running unopposed for the office of Mayor. The Times-News submitted 10 questions to each of the candidates in the upcoming city elections. Gilleland’s responses are listed below.   Why are you running for office? Gilleland: I am running for re-election because I…

Ultralight instructor goes up in the air

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Flying has always been a part of James Peeler’s life. The owner of Northbrook International Ultraport, located at 2491 N.C. 274 in Cherryville, Peeler spends much of his time in the air. “You don’t think of any of your ground-bound problems,” he said. Peeler is…

Lincoln Republicans appoint new chairman

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The local GOP has named a new chair to lead the party following Bradley Putnam’s departure from the post last month to take over as elections director for Lincoln County. Jon Propst, Lincoln County GOP Men’s Club president, was unanimously selected Monday night by…

Pair of elephants come to Buffalo Beals

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Buffalo Beals Animal Park in Maiden received two 5,000-pound guests this week. Cora, a 52-year-old Asian elephant, and Shannon, an African elephant in her 30s, arrived at the 40-acre Catawba County property on Monday, according to owner Terry Beal, who heads the business with his…