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Charter teachers, students explain SAT surge

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer While some local high schools seemed to struggle on the Standardized Assessment Test (SATs) of the 2011-12 school year, one not only surpassed the others but excelled past its own scores from a year earlier — Lincoln Charter School. What is Lincoln Charter doing that North,…

School board District 3 candidates respond to questions

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LTN Staff reports Lincoln County voters will be deciding this fall on which candidates for a range of federal, state and local offices they want to represent them. The Lincoln Times-News is surveying those office-seekers with questions related to issues they are likely to face if elected. Their answers are…

Homecoming ‘prank’ results in standing ovation

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Stories on students across the country being bullied at school have filled the headlines of newspapers, magazines and TV news stations recently, namely after the story broke about 16-year-old Whitney Kropp of Michigan who mentioned suicide after being embarrassed by classmates who jokingly nominated her for…

Public hearings: ‘Not in my back yard’

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Public hearings for a storage facility and an Internet sweepstakes center drew some complaints from neighboring residents at Monday’s meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. The first, a request from LandMark Self Storage to rezone property, located roughly 250 feet west of N.C. 150…

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…