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Man’s icy creation far from average snowman

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  Contributed      John Rippe built this replica of the Coca-Cola polar bear outside his Vale home during the recent snowstorm.   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   From polar bears and dinosaurs to penguins and cartoon characters, one Vale resident has a knack for crafting snow sculptures. While most people seemed…

Sen. Curtis named to Obamacare analysis committee by Berger

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   State Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) announced last Wednesday that he has appointed Sen. Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus) and Sen. David Curtis (R-Lincoln) as senate co-chairmen of a legislative committee that will examine the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on North Carolina.…

Tremors felt in Lincoln County

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  Staff report   A small earthquake shook South Carolina and Georgia late Friday, and could be felt as far away as Lincolnton. The quake happened at 10:23 p.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.1, said U.S. Geological Survey Geophysicist Dale Grant. It was centered 7 miles west of…

Commissioners to hear details on water plant expansion

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer     The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight to discuss an engineering proposal for the preliminary design and cost analysis phase of a possible water treatment plant expansion. Senior Utility Engineer Michael Neff will provide County Commissioners with a summary of…

County pummeled by snow

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    Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News       Katie Carpenter, 8, throws a giant snowball on Water Tank Hill on Thursday afternoon. Over 1,000 county residents without power, emergency crews surprised by low call volume during storm JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer With nearly a foot of snow piling up across the…

Woman, 90, set to run in Denver 5K

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  Margaret Hagerty   JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer   Margaret Hagerty is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest person to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents. “I’m right next to John Glenn,” she said. “He’s the oldest person to travel in space.”…

New teacher pay proposal met with welcome, questions

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The proposal Governor Pat McCrory announced Monday to raise the base pay for early-career teachers was met with both approval and immediate questions about raises for educators with more experience. Under McCrory’s proposed plan, teachers with up to 10 years of classroom experience would…

Oakes announces bid for County Commissioner

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County resident Martin Oakes announced Wednesday that he plans to run for a seat as County Commissioner on the Republican ticket. “I view myself as a defender of taxpayers, and will try to shine light on inequalities in taxation and on wasteful spending…

Candidates get on the campaign trail

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  Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News        Incumbent David Carpenter files to run for a second term as Lincoln County Sheriff at the Lincoln County Board of Elections office in Lincolnton on Monday.   ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Several Lincoln County leaders have filed to run in the 2014 elections since…

Here comes the snow

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writers   With winter weather on the minds of both Lincoln County residents and a majority of individuals living within the Carolinas and surrounding Southeastern states this week, city and county agencies have prepared themselves for the worst, ready to handle any potential emergency…