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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…

School security upgrades get final board approval

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  FRANK TAYLOR Lincoln Times-News   All Lincoln County schools will be outfitted with a range of security upgrades over the next few months, following unanimous Board of Education approval Tuesday night. The action comes after several months of discussions due to heightened concerns about intruders in the wake of…

UNCC shares new tool with Lincoln first-responders

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   School officials with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte presented Lincoln County first-responders Monday morning with a new smartphone application researchers primarily developed for pinpointing suspects and other locations within a building in order to more quickly safeguard members of public safety…

Fire destroys home, sets off bullets, propane tank

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    Neighbor reports man fleeing site JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Area neighbors swiftly exited their homes Friday afternoon after they said they heard loud cracking noises in the area. The startling sounds echoed throughout the quiet, rural community as flames consumed bullets, a propane tank and every other possession…

School security on board agenda

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    FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Measures to enhance school security may receive final approval from the Lincoln County Board of Education during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Board members on the Building and Site Committee signed off last week on some changes to planned security improvements that had been…

Putnam chosen to lead county GOP for full term

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Republican Party re-elected Chairman Bradley Putnam to his post last week during the GOP’s county convention and precinct meetings. Local Republicans met Thursday evening at the Lincoln County Senior Center, also voting in the rest of their 2013-2015 board members. These…

Church prepares for trip bringing supplies to African villagers

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Prophetess Rosalind Bynum and eight other members of Without Walls Freedom Center in Lincolnton will be jetting off today to Cameroon, Africa, to deliver more than eight suitcases full of shoes and other necessary supplies to needy villagers. Since establishing the church a…