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Convicts get a second chance

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Work release program helps inmates get back into society ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Excel Manufacturing is doing more than welding landscaping trailers and textile handling equipment. The business started just after World War II and was, at one time, a furniture manufacturer. Plant manager Robbie Eurey has worked for the…

Candidate Survey: Board of Commissioners

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Editor’s Note: The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of questions to candidates for Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners related to their policy stances and motivation for running for office. The responses from Republicans Bill Beam and Martin Oakes and Democrat Adam Long are listed below. — M.G. Why are you…

Spirit Week at LHS

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Board of Elections proposes new early voting plan

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County may see yet another change to its early voting schedule. In a regularly scheduled Board of Elections meeting on Tuesday, the board voted 2-1 to submit a new early voting schedule to the North Carolina State Board of Elections for approval. The new proposal…

First same-sex couples wed in Lincoln County

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Asheville judge’s ruling strikes down NC same-sex marriage ban ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Two Denver men made history Monday morning, becoming the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Lincoln County. For Tom Taylor and his husband, Scott Mical, the opportunity to exchange wedding vows in their home state…

Industries made big gains in ‘13

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer With Industry Appreciation Month underway, the Lincoln Economic Development Association has worked diligently to share the importance and accomplishments of the local industry and manufacturing sector. The City of Lincolnton and Lincoln County have declared October as Industry Appreciation Month for the past 11 years. This…

Board of Education approves final specs for Asbury redesign

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education reviewed the proposed final design drawings for the construction of the new Asbury Alternative School building at a meeting Tuesday night. The school board partnered with R.J. Leeper Construction Company earlier this year to work on the $2 million project. According…

Candidate Survey: Sheriff

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Editor’s Note: The Lincoln Times-News, in an effort to promote discourse and the dissemination of information about political candidates’ policy positions, submitted a series of questions to candidates for Sheriff of Lincoln County. The responses from Republican incumbent David Carpenter and certified write-in candidate Anthony Huss are below. Some responses…

Homecoming brings tractors to the streets of Vale

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Leaders push for $6 million county airport expansion

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County may be on the cusp of its most intricate long-term industrial project yet. At the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Oct. 6, Assistant County Manager Martha Lide, Lincoln Economic Development Association Business Development Manager Crystal Gettys and Lincolnton-Lincoln County Airport Manager Joe…