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Local man given state’s highest honor

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Councilman works toward downtown park

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton City Councilman Devin Rhyne unveiled plans for a downtown park and green space at a council meeting Wednesday night. While the project is still in its infancy, Rhyne presented conceptual art, designed by Stacey Smith of Gallery 27. Features of the Downtown Park and green…

LHS solar oven project students cross borders

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton High School’s science students are examining the power of solar energy in a new light. Students from Kathy Bosiak’s Earth and Environmental Science class presented their final creations at a solar oven conference Wednesday morning. The assignment: to take a box of their choosing and…

Hospital donates new playhouse to daycare center

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Community leaders assembled at A Place to Grow on a mission: to breathe life into a newly acquired playhouse. “The playhouse is more than just a place where kids can play,” said Kathy Vinzant, executive director of United Way, in an email. “It’s going to allow…

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…

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office searches for safe cracker, car thief

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Staff report A stolen vehicle and missing tools have Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives searching for a Lincoln County man wanted in connection with a break-in at a western Lincoln County business. On Monday, while doing a check on the property at 2361 Ben Yount Lane in Vale, Deputy Barry…

LKN Quarry pushes to move closer to neighborhood

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer County Commissioners heard lengthy testimonies from a series of field experts regarding a request to expand the Lake Norman Quarry toward a residential neighborhood currently under construction at their meeting Monday night. The applicant, Hedrick Gravel and Sand Company, is requesting a conditional use district and…

Brett keeps battling

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer It started with a simple headache. “Brett had a headache New Year’s Eve 2013,” his mother, Danielle Gideon, said in an email interview with the Times-News. “He laid around a lot during Christmas 2013…his energy level completely zapped.” Prior to the 2013 holiday season, Danielle said…

Lincoln Charter tops ranking of local schools

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Niche Public High School Rankings has released its 2015 report that ranks high schools across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The rankings are based on government and public data sets, proprietary data and opinion survey responses across a variety of topics. In Lincoln County, the following…