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County considers grants for RATO

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Various grants and incentives for Denver Global Products, acquired by China-based RATO as a subsidiary last year, will receive the attention of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during tonight’s meeting. Following a public hearing to discuss the potential project, commissioners will consider N.C.…

Lincoln Charter students ASPIRE to higher scores

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A group of Lincoln Charter high school students met for a final session Friday after completing a 10-week program to help them better prepare for the ACT test. Taught by April Dillon, Cooperative Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development, and 4-H volunteer Kristi Johnsen,…

Boys & Girls Club director gains national recognition

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  Local man hopes to garner support for youth charity startup in Lincolnton JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Wounded Warrior Project and college basketball’s Atlantic Coast Conference are set to recognize Lincoln County Boys & Girls Club Unit Director Shaun Newton and three other former military men during Sunday’s live, pre-game…

Lincolnton woman dies in Cleveland County crash

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton woman and Cleveland County Certified Public Accountant died Thursday morning after her vehicle struck a utility pole and tree before overturning, troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said. Kimberly Watson, 34, wasn’t traveling at excessive speeds around 7:30 a.m. when…

Knee replacement can’t stop Iron Station barrel racers

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        SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Vernon and Myra Maxwell have been riding horses for most of their lives. However, it wasn’t until the age of 50 that they both decided to pick up barrel racing, something their children had long been doing competitively. The couple, who…

Fire chief helps cops fight crime

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincolnton Fire Chief Mitch Burgin had just pulled into the parking lot of the Lincolnton Dollar Tree Wednesday afternoon when he heard a woman shouting that she had been mugged, he told the Times-News. “I heard a commotion,” he said. “I opened my door…

College must repay nearly half a million

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  Gaston College also faces lawsuit from former financial aid chief who says she reported school to the feds FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Gaston College has to pay back nearly half a million dollars to the federal government following a scathing U.S. Department of Education review that found multiple violations.…

New medical complex taking shape

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      CMC plans for facility to open early next year SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Construction has been under way for the past few months on Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln’s new expansion. As the Times-News previously reported, the hospital broke ground on the facility, to be called Medical Plaza II,…

County fire marshal: Vale blaze not arson

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Fire officials have squelched any arson speculation regarding a western Lincoln County blaze last week, stating the incident was an accident. Lincoln County Fire Marshal Mike Futrell told the Times-News Tuesday afternoon that despite initial suspicion from fire officials, deputies and an area resident…

Downtown set to be crawling with art

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Friday will mark the fourth annual Art Crawl in downtown Lincolnton. Sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank, the event will kick off at 5:30 p.m., running through 9 p.m. between Court Square and the 400 block of East Main Street. A partnership between the…