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Sports Calendar 8-8-14

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High school football scrimmage schedule Monday, Aug. 11 W. Lincoln at Avery Co., 5 p.m. (JVs begin at 4 p.m.) E. Gaston at N. Lincoln, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 Lincolnton at Cherryville, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 Rutherford Co. Jamboree: W. Lincoln at Chase, 8:30 p.m. (JVs begin at…

Bringing out the big guns

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SWAT team leader discusses rationale behind raids ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Hollywood movies and mainstream media portray SWAT teams in many ways, from every day average Joe heroes that save the day to corrupt villains that abuse their power. The public perception of tactical units tends to vacillate between favorable…

Commissioners mull changes to waste sites, noise rules

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners discussed possible courses of action regarding backlash received from recent changes to the county’s noise ordinance and solid waste program at a meeting on Monday. County Manager Tracy Jackson began each discussion by updating commissioners on the staff’s latest research regarding…

North Lincoln ready for band season

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Students learn the notes at summer band camp ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Neil Underwood is an original. One of the first teachers to sign on with North Lincoln High School when it opened in 2003, he’s been teaching band for over a decade to the proud Band of Knights. Prior…

Rebuilding mode

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NL adapts to losing 6 college-bound seniors By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor North Lincoln sent six cross country stars off to college, and now the Knights must find a way to replace them. The perennial cross country powerhouse had four sign Division I national letters of intent, one Division II…

Legislators talk issues at luncheon

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer State and national legislators gathered Tuesday at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Legislative Luncheon,” offering local business and community leaders the opportunity to discuss current issues affecting the region. Those in attendance included Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) and state Rep. Jason Saine (R,…

Communities take a stand at National Night Out

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department was out in full force again Tuesday night, but its members’ goal was to protest crime rather than fight it. Participating in the 31st annual National Night Out, members of the police department, City Council members, the mayor and district attorneys and…

McHenry holds town hall meeting

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A group of Lincoln County citizens shared their frustrations Tuesday afternoon during a town hall meeting with Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), held at the Lincolnton Campus of Lincoln Charter School. He began with a brief speech, stressing reforms he felt the federal government needed to…

Sports Calendar — 8-6-14

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High school football scrimmage schedule Monday, Aug. 11 W. Lincoln at Avery Co., 5 p.m. (JVs begin at 4 p.m.) E. Gaston at N. Lincoln, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 Lincolnton at Cherryville, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 Rutherford Co. Jamboree: W. Lincoln at Chase, 8:30 p.m. (JVs begin at…

Loftin-led Spinners win title

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By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor The Mooresville Spinners sent their first-year head coach out on a high note. The first-year club won the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League title on Sunday, and gave outgoing coach Phillip Loftin a championship that was long overdue. Loftin is the club’s general manager, and pulled double…