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Commissioners OK community center expansion

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners has voted to move forward with the renovation of a community center after a tense debate. At their meeting Monday night, commissioners listened to Director of Public Works Don Chamblee and Director of Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Erma…

Thread Trail growth planned

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    Groups hope extra miles are completed in 2014 JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Additional segments of the Carolina Thread Trail (CTT), a 15-county network of greenways, trails and corridors throughout North and South Carolina, are slated for completion this year in Lincoln County. Established in 2005 by the Foundation…

Caldwell County man charged with rape of teen

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies said they charged a 35-year-old Caldwell County man Friday with raping a Lincoln County teen two years ago. The incidents took place in March 2012 at the victim’s home, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. The Department of Social Services notified the law…

Deputies: Men sold pot at Wal-Mart

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Narcotics investigators located hydroponic marijuana Monday night inside vehicles belonging to two Iredell County men, including a teen, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the two vehicles after watching each driver participate in a hand-to-hand transaction of…

Family, friends remember crash victim with scholarship and golf tournament

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Trey Whiteside was just 16 years old when his vehicle overturned on N.C. 150 in Lincolnton. He succumbed to his injuries less than 24 hours later, perishing in a Charlotte hospital. Since his death in June 2005, his family has been working to…

Georgia bound

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NL’s Castro will run for Bulldogs By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor PUMPKIN CENTER –– In terms of its classification North Lincoln is in the upper half of the state’s largest high schools, and its running programs are top notch. But Allie Castro hasn’t seen anything yet. The Knights standout senior…

Weather forces schedule changes

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By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Rain and freezing temperatures earlier this week forced schools to reschedule their spring athletic events originally scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Monday’s postponements: Lincoln Charter at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy –– baseball and softball, rescheduled for this coming Monday. Huntersville Hopewell at Lincoln Charter girls…

West Lincoln winter awards

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS The following were recipients of West Lincoln’s winter sports awards at its banquet earlier this month: Wrestling Most outstanding: Charles Mack George Most improved: Andres Gonzalez Team Before Self: Hunter Carpenter Outstanding freshman: Robbie Hallman Coaches Award: Dillon Morris Ron Hoyle Award: Charles Mack George Varsity cheerleading Most…

Calendar — 3/19/14

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Upcoming games This schedule may not include cancellations, postponements or changes not reported to the Lincoln Times-News: Today Baseball Bunker Hill at E. Lincoln Lincoln Charter at Highland Tech Softball Bunker Hill at E. Lincoln, 5 p.m. (varsity only) Lincoln Charter at Highland Tech Lincolnton at Forest view Girls soccer…

Planning Board recommends approval for 56-unit apartment complex in city

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincolnton’s Planning Board met Tuesday afternoon to discuss a conditional use rezoning request and an amendment to the Lincolnton Unified Development Ordinance. The BTR Communities Group, LLC, is requesting the conditional-use rezoning of 9.77 acres of land from Planned Business to Conditional Use Residential…