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Library now flying solo

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   As of Sunday, Lincoln County libraries officially form their own independent system, following a months-long process of splitting from the regional system with Gaston County. Library Director Jennifer Sackett told the Times-News last week that the transition has been quite successful, with the biggest…

Trying to cool off

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New diploma program an option for some students

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Among a number of changes the Lincoln County Board of Education made last month is the addition of a Differential Diploma option for high school students. The alternative program is designed to help students with extenuating circumstances graduate and meet the 28-credit hours needed…

Interlogix Lincolnton gets ‘Carolina Star’ for safety

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Interlogix Lincolnton facility, located in the Lincoln County Industrial Park, became the first site in the county to receive Carolina Star designation during a ceremony Friday afternoon. As the state’s top safety honor, the award is designed to recognize and promote effective safety…

Going The Distance

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Preparing for safe, fun July 4th festivities

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer While patrons and local families prepare for firework shows and other Fourth of July activities, Lincoln County officials buckle down for one of the busiest times of the year for law-breaking and potentially dangerous situations. Barbecues and family get togethers aren’t on Sheriff David Carpenter’s mind…

Lots to do between now and the Fourth

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Several Fourth of July festivities are planned for the area over the coming days, kicking off Saturday with the Denver Area Business Association’s 12th annual fireworks festival. Taking place at East Lincoln High School, the event will begin with a “Battle of the Bands” at 5…

County splits 3-2 to pass budget with pay hike

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A new spending plan for Lincoln County is in place following a split vote by the Board of Commissioners Thursday night. The board voted 3-2, with commissioners George Arena and Carrol Mitchem in opposition, to approve the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget, which had been modified during…

Kids get nutritional look at food from farm to table

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer When taking a bite into a sandwich, often over-looked are the various steps it took to get that tomato – the process of planting, caring for and harvesting that tomato before it was able to be put on a salad or sold in local markets. Lincoln…

N.C. reacts as high court rules on health care

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5-4 decision upholds law Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON (AP) — Obamacare lives. And in North Carolina, some health experts and politicians voiced strong opinions about what the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling to uphold the controversial health care law will mean. Derided by Republicans as intrusive, costly “Obamacare,” the…