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Turner named ‘First-Responder of the Year’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services recently named local volunteer firefighter Mark Turner the county’s 2013 First-Responder of the Year. The annual award, which wasn’t handed out last year due to the lack of an EMS luncheon, honors one local first responder, both nominated and voted on…

Man accused of wife’s murder appears at first court date

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        JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A Lincoln County murder suspect stood before a judge Tuesday in district court for the man’s first appearance since allegedly shooting his wife to death over the weekend. Terry Lee White, 54, of 1243 Rose Hill Drive in Lincolnton, has…

Pastor battles rare form of cancer, medical bills

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   It’s been nearly four years since local pastor and volunteer firefighter Robert Mitschke received news he had an incurable disease, but it wasn’t until this spring he started the treatment necessary to prolong his life. Bethphage Lutheran Church’s head pastor since 2007 and…

Alive After Five concert series kicks off Thursday

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    LTN Staff Reports   There’s only one day left until Lincoln County’s most popular summer concert series kicks off in the heart of downtown Lincolnton. The 2013 Alive After Five series will commence 6 p.m. Thursday in front of the courthouse on West Main Street. The Downtown Development…

CMC-Lincoln honored for environmental practices

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  LTN Staff Reports   Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln recently earned a national award recognizing the hospital for its commitment to environmental excellence. Specifically, the Practice Greenhealth’s Partner for Change Award was granted to CMC-Lincoln, along with the hospital system’s Charlotte location, for a demonstrated commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.…

Lincolnton accredited by Main Street program

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincolnton was among 27 communities statewide to have achieved accreditation from the National Main Street Program for 2013, the North Carolina Department of Commerce announced Tuesday afternoon. Those qualifying municipalities had to meet the commercial-district-revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center,…

Lincolnton VFW honors fallen soldiers

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Husband charged for wife’s murder

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Staff report A Lincoln County man has been charged with first degree murder, the first in the county this year, after allegedly killing his wife with a shotgun on Saturday. A press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said that Terry Lee White, 54, of 1243 Rose Hill Drive…

Saine hosts ambassador from Kosovo in Raleigh

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Staff report North Carolina State Representative Jason Saine had a visitor from out-of-town last week — way out of town. Saine hosted Akan Ismaili, the Ambassador from Kosovo, on Wednesday and Thursday for a series of meetings with other state representatives and senators and county commissioners from Cleveland and Buncombe…

Assistant principal honored with ceremony at LHS

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton High School Assistant Principal Robbie Robbins received the second highest military service award during a special ceremony among students, colleagues, friends and family Friday on campus. Robbins, a 30-year colonel in the United States Army Reserve, never imagined he would attain such a high rank…