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Law enforcement passes on Pentagon program, purchases own weapons

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Carpenter: Independent expenditures more efficient PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As criminals have militarized their tactics, primarily in the drug trade, law enforcement has acted accordingly over the last two decades. Nationally, many police departments have loaded up on military-style gear like automatic weapons, night vision goggles and armored vehicles, through…

Burgin: ‘The hardest decision of my life’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The age-old saying, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life,” certainly rings true for Lincolnton fire chief David “Mitch” Burgin. Burgin will hang up his uniform for the last time and stroll into the next phase of his…

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office searches for safe cracker, car thief

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Staff report A stolen vehicle and missing tools have Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives searching for a Lincoln County man wanted in connection with a break-in at a western Lincoln County business. On Monday, while doing a check on the property at 2361 Ben Yount Lane in Vale, Deputy Barry…

LKN Quarry pushes to move closer to neighborhood

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer County Commissioners heard lengthy testimonies from a series of field experts regarding a request to expand the Lake Norman Quarry toward a residential neighborhood currently under construction at their meeting Monday night. The applicant, Hedrick Gravel and Sand Company, is requesting a conditional use district and…

Brett keeps battling

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer It started with a simple headache. “Brett had a headache New Year’s Eve 2013,” his mother, Danielle Gideon, said in an email interview with the Times-News. “He laid around a lot during Christmas 2013…his energy level completely zapped.” Prior to the 2013 holiday season, Danielle said…

Lincoln Charter tops ranking of local schools

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Niche Public High School Rankings has released its 2015 report that ranks high schools across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The rankings are based on government and public data sets, proprietary data and opinion survey responses across a variety of topics. In Lincoln County, the following…

Wreck into home sends 2 to hospital

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Staff report An automobile struck a home at the intersection of Highway 16 North and Mundy Road in Denver early Sunday morning, resulting in two people being transported to the hospital by Lincoln County EMS, according to a press release from the Denver Fire Department. Two occupants in the residence…

New rating could mean lower premiums for homes in Howards Creek fire district

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Property owners in the Howard’s Creek volunteer fire district will have a reason to rejoice on March 1 when the department’s new insurance rating becomes effective. Chief Dusty Rudisill’s district received a rating of 5/9E from the North Carolina insurance commissioner and fire marshal. The new…

Mullen looks to build on relationships as new school board chairman

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer It was volunteer work with children that originally drove Lincoln County native Mark Mullen to run for a seat on the county’s Board of Education. “Volunteering with children over the years and listening to their concerns and needs motivated me to run for a seat on…

Drug sting nets 3 at city home

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department made three arrests on Tuesday and Wednesday as the result of an ongoing drug investigation. The investigation centered on a residence located at 609 Louise Avenue in Lincolnton and began after the Lincolnton Police Department received several complaints about the residence from citizens within…