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Practice makes perfect, even for firefighters

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City budget up for public hearing

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton residents will have the opportunity to address their concerns with the City Council’s proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget at the council’s meeting Thursday night. Council members spent several hours in budget workshops last month discussing and debating the proposed budget changes. In his City Manager’s…

Maiden police looking for suspect in pharmacy robbery

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police in Maiden are searching for a man who claimed he had a gun in order to steal medication from a pharmacy located near the Lincoln-Catawba County line earlier this week. The incident took place just before 11:30 a.m. on Monday at TAS Drug, located at…

School Board member chastised at meeting

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County Board of Education chairwoman Candy Burgin gave an official public statement related to a Times-News article prior to the board’s scheduled committee meetings Tuesday night. On May 23, the Times-News published an article regarding internal tension within the Board of Education, as reported by…

Low turnout shortens East Lincoln Relay

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Organizers seek more donations to make up for shortfall JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer East Lincoln Relay for Life officials are seeking additional community donations for cancer research after a second fundraising event over the weekend attracted a small crowd of supporters. The mini Relay event took place Friday at Denver…

Crouse man to appear on new MTV talent show

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Crouse native Otto Reynolds will showcase his musical talents on MTV’s newest reality show, Copycat. The 24 year-old first discovered his talent for singing while auditioning for a role in West Lincoln Middle School’s annual musical. “One of my friends was auditioning, and she begged me…

First responders train for disasters

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County first-responders teamed up Friday to practice preparedness drills for potential future radiological emergencies. The two-day, 12-hour training session, hosted by Lincoln County Emergency Management (LCEM), took place at North 321 Fire Department, the county fire agency appointed for local emergency workers to undergo decontamination…

Commissioners to hold public hearing on budget

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Budget and CIP at the Board of Commissioners meeting tonight. The Times-News previously reported on the board’s May 23 meeting, where they discussed several controversial items, such as the proposed…

Applications accepted for Apple Queen

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Staff Report The Apple Queen Pageant has been a community staple for many years, recognizing a Lincoln County high school upperclassman or college student for her intelligence, professionalism, fitness and congeniality. Applications are now being accepted for the 35th anniversary scholarship pageant, set for July 26 at the Citizens Center…

McHenry calls for VA secretary’s resignation

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Staff report Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) is calling for the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki, following discoveries of mismanagement and mistreatment at Veteran Affairs facilities in Phoenix, A.Z. and across the country. According to the Associated Press, a federal investigation of operations at Phoenix VA…