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OUR VIEW — Je suis Charlie

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Another day, another senseless, awful attack on journalists by Islamist fanatics. This time, the Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo was targeted on Wednesday by gunmen wielding AK-47 rifles, with 12 people dead, including a police officer, in the immediate aftermath of the attack, according to several news outlets. The publication’s crime?…

The new year is here, resolve to be happy

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It’s a new year. Did you make some new resolutions? Did you resolve to lose weight, save money, smile more and clean closets? Did you cook peas and collards on the first day? I did, not that I believed there would be more money in my…

County partners with Charter on immunization initiative

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer County commissioners unanimously approved a $5,799 contract with Charter Media to promote a series of public service announcements regarding state changes to the childhood immunization program at a meeting on Monday. Lena Allen, who works with the Lincoln County Health Department, presented the request to the…

North Brook Volunteer FD overcoming challenges

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Perseverance can often help overcome unlikely odds, and the North Brook Volunteer Fire Department has managed to overcome many challenges that face rural firefighters. “I think that one of our biggest challenges is overcoming the lack of hydrants in our coverage area,” said fire chief Donald…

Around Town — 1-9-15

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SATURDAY Breakfast Marvin United Methodist Church on Startown Rd. in Lincolnton will have a breakfast buffet from 7-10 a.m. A donation of $6 will benefit the parsonage fund. Fundraiser Garnet Crush Baseball will hold a fundraiser for a trip to Cooperstown, New York at Fatz in Lincolnton from 7:30-10 a.m.…

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL — Won’t be denied

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EL boys hold on at WC RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor LENOIR — East Lincoln’s boys have learned that no lead is safe this season. But the Mustangs have survived each team’s best punch. All four who scored reached double figures for East Lincoln, which was led by Sage Surratt’s 17 points,…

LOCAL ROUNDUP — Red Devils hand LHS boys first loss

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Lincolnton’s boys basketball team is unbeaten no more. Jalen Connor scored 24 points and Tyoun Shuford added 20 as Newton-Conover defeated the visiting Wolves 69-55 on Tuesday to hand them their first loss of the season. The Red Devils (8-5, 3-2) led 22-15 after the first quarter, and…

UPCOMING GAMES — 1/7/15

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Today Basketball S. Iredell at Lincoln Charter North Gaston at Lincolnton Thursday, Jan. 8 No games scheduled Friday, Jan. 9 Basketball E. Lincoln at Maiden Bessemer City at Lincoln Charter W. Caldwell at Lincolnton N. Lincoln at Lake Norman W. Lincoln at Bandys Wrestling E. Lincoln at N. Lincoln, 6…

Law enforcement passes on Pentagon program, purchases own weapons

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Carpenter: Independent expenditures more efficient PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As criminals have militarized their tactics, primarily in the drug trade, law enforcement has acted accordingly over the last two decades. Nationally, many police departments have loaded up on military-style gear like automatic weapons, night vision goggles and armored vehicles, through…

Burgin: ‘The hardest decision of my life’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The age-old saying, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life,” certainly rings true for Lincolnton fire chief David “Mitch” Burgin. Burgin will hang up his uniform for the last time and stroll into the next phase of his…