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Confirmed: Outbreak began with livestock

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The petting zoo at the Cleveland County Fair has been officially determined as the initial source of exposure behind the E. coli outbreak that plagued area counties in recent weeks, public health investigators from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday.…

Newly elected board members discuss plans

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   With thoughts of transparency, new ideas and keeping the focus on area children, three members-elect will be sworn in to the Lincoln County Board of Education next month. Cathy Davis, Tony Jenkins and Mark Mullen will replace Tommy Houser, George Dellinger and Kelly Childers.…

Company honored by Gov. Perdue

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Gov. Bev Perdue announced this month the 2012 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Workforce Development, with one local business among the recipients. Lincolnton Furniture Company was on the list of those businesses recognized for their accomplishments and contributions in helping North Carolina achieve its…

School Board to vote on keeping year at 180 days

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   After hearing of no evidence linking more school days to higher student performance, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Matt Stover recommended to the Lincoln County Board of Education Policy committee, that it maintain the 180-day calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. The School Board…

McCrory chooses Rhyne as counsel for transition

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer  Johnathan Rhyne, former state representative and partner at The Jonas Law Firm in downtown Lincolnton, will join Governor-elect Pat McCrory’s transition-leadership team, the former Charlotte mayor announced Thursday. McCrory defeated Democratic opponent Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton Tuesday night in his bid to be the first Republican…

Plea deal spells shorter prison time for killer

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Investigator says circumstantial case risked letting Gaddy walk JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer  A Denver man, who’s been behind bars since 2010 for killing a neighbor and burning down his residence, received a reduced sentence Tuesday following a plea agreement, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. A judge consolidated John Paul…

City to wait on high court decision

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer  The Lincolnton City Council decided to delay taking any action regarding Internet sweepstakes operations Thursday night, opting instead to let the N.C. Supreme Court pass its judgment on such businesses first. In a unanimous vote, council members tabled imposing privilege license fees or zoning standards on…

Blackburn to return as Cherryville city manager

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Staff Writer  Former Cherryville City Manager Ben Thomas Blackburn Jr. will return to his old position after a decade, the city announced Wednesday. Currently the city manager in Lowell, Blackburn received the backing of the City Council after being chosen from a field of 21 applicants. The Cherryville native served…

2nd autopsy report: Husband also died of beating or head trauma

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer  Michael Paul Vincent died from a “homicidal beating” or blunt head trauma, autopsy reports obtained by the Times-News this week reveal for the first time. The 58-year-old Lincolnton man’s body was found in July alongside that of his wife Bonnie Sue Vincent, 53. A previously released…

Sex offender charged with not registering at right address

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer  An eastern Lincoln County sex offender failed to register his correct address with the Sheriff’s Office, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. Deputies said Raimund Karl Grimm Jr., 38, of 7782 Burbank Lane in Denver, falsely told them he lived at his father’s residence. Last month,…