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Independence Day 2014

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Lincoln County celebrates Independence Day Check out more photographs from the Lincolnton and Crouse Independence Day parades on the Lincoln Times-News Facebook page.…

Happy Independence Day!

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Celebrating independence all year long

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer While many businesses are closing in preparation for the July 4 celebration, Salem Industries on Salem Church Road embraces the spirit of freedom every day. Though staff was on hand for an annual Independence Day celebration, held in the company’s offices on July 3, productivity was…

IST owner ready for 10,000-mile trip

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer In less than three weeks, Bryan McClure will be departing on a nearly 10,000-mile-long adventure to Homer, Alaska. His mode of transportation? His motorcycle, a 2014 Harley Davidson Street Glide. The owner of Iron Station Thunder, McClure has spent nearly a decade immersed in the motorcycle…

Business booming at Game Swap’s new location

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The storefront at 112 Court Square in Lincolnton has been home to several businesses over the years, but for Mike Payne, one of the owners of Game Swap, setting up shop in the heart of downtown meant coming full circle. In the location where Off the…

A rising motocross star

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Most 15-year-old girls have hobbies like cheerleading, soccer or horseback riding. But ask Melanie Hansen what she would rather be doing on any given day and the answer is surprising — motocross. The rising junior at West Lincoln High School has been riding since she was…

Policy changes coming for students, teachers

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A new technology policy could alter the digital landscape of classrooms in Lincoln County. During a June 25 policy committee meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Education voted to approve revisions to Policy 3220, Technology in the Education Program, and added a “Bring Your Own Technology…

McHenry praises Lincoln County Library

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) spent his Tuesday morning touring the Charles A. Jonas Public Library in Lincolnton. During his visit, McHenry spoke with Lincoln County Public Library director Jennifer Sackett about the library’s current initiatives, as well as the programs being offered, including job-training and…

Freedom Church shows some ‘L-Town Love’

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer With their website and their mission statement saying they desire to live life in 4D — display, delight, disciple and declare — Freedom Church at 125 East Main Street in downtown Lincolnton will be opening its doors on Aug. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in an…

Plan to move county offices taking shape

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Plans are once again moving forward to relocate several county offices, after upcoming renovations to the site of a former hospital on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton. County commissioners voted 3-1, with commissioner James Klein in opposition, during their 2014-2015 budget workshop meetings to resume the $17…