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Federal grant awarded to transform Oaklawn

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The old Oaklawn building, once an all-black school in Lincolnton, will likely see renovations in its future now that a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant has been awarded to Lincoln County, as was announced last week in a press release from the office of Gov. Bev…

Deputies: Stepfather made videos of teen in bathroom

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LTN Staff reports A Denver man accused of recording videos of his teenage stepdaughter in the bathroom has been arrested, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported on Friday. Wilford Dwight Avery II, 40 of 1124 Brook Path Trail, faces one felony charge of secretly peeping into a room occupied by…

A little wisdom about gardening in the fall

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Aside from cooler temperatures and fewer insects snacking on garden vegetables and flower beds, digging into the soil in autumn is far from easy in comparison to other seasonal gardening. While some may think of this season as being slower-paced in the garden or for landscape…

Blessing of the Animals

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Apartment complex slated for seniors

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Construction has been under way on a new apartment complex on Salem Church Road in Lincolnton. Lincolnton Zoning Administrator Mark Carpenter told the Times-News last week that the project, which will entail a 42-unit, multifamily complex for the elderly and handicapped, was approved by the City…

Burgin named new city fire chief

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “I am eager to get started,” newly-appointed city fire chief Mitch Burgin told the Times-News on Thursday. City Manager Jeff Emory named Burgin on Thursday to replace outgoing Fire Chief Mike Lee. Burgin served the last four years as assistant fire chief but has been with…

Deputies: Drugs found in car lead to 2 arrests

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies discovered marijuana inside a suspicious-looking vehicle Wednesday afternoon, resulting in the arrest of two Lincolnton men, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Forest Jay Cogdill, 20, of 2405 Skyview Lane, and Edward Leroy York IV, 20, of 135 S. J. Crawford Road, were both charged…

Lincoln SATs lag behind NC, US

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Charter school SAT scores through the roof AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Though the number of students who took the Standardized Assessment Test (SAT) increased from the 2010-2011 school year in Lincoln County and across the state, local public high school students performed — on average — slightly lower or about…

A taste of Denver Days

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County UDO due for a big makeover

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A series of amendments to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance aimed at easing regulations will be a topic of discussion during a public hearing at Monday night’s meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. A total of 14 amendments are up for consideration. They are…