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Students see dangers of drunk driving firsthand

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Students at West Lincoln High School experienced a mock car crash Friday morning to illustrate the deadly dangers of drinking and driving. Because the school prom took place the following day, teachers and local first-responders thought it vital to show the effects of driving under the…

Denver dog kennel on agenda for commissioners

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will determine the fate of controversial Denver dog kennel permit request at its meeting tonight. Earlier this month, county commissioners and the Lincoln County Planning Board listened to a request for a conditional use permit to construct a dog day care…

School Board inks $2 million deal for Asbury

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Education unanimously approved the contract for the Asbury Alternative School project with R.J. Leeper Construction Company during its meeting Tuesday night. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Matthew Stover presented the update to board members. One of the major changes listed in the…

Maiden man charged for meth

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer   A Maiden man was placed behind bars Wednesday after police said they located ingredients used for producing methamphetamine inside his residence. Matthew Ryan Minton, 24, of 502 Potts Street, is currently in the Catawba County Detention Center without bond, pending a first…

History buffs ready for Battle of Ramsour’s Mill reenactment

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        JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Gunpowder, cannons and Revolutionary War heroes will be present in Lincolnton this weekend as the community unites for the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill, with festivities set to kick off tonight. This year marks the 234th anniversary of the…

Vehicle used to tear up green at golf course

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police said vandals damaged portions of the golf course at a local country club Wednesday night. The incident took place at Lincoln Country Club, located at 2052 Country Club Road, according to a Lincolnton Police Department report. General Manager Jody Saunders told the Times-News…

Networking on the links

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Deal to allow open enrollment for schools put on hold

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   A state legislative committee has postponed taking action regarding a bill that would allow North Carolina students attend any public school in the state. Members of the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee voted last week to delay the bill, and said more study…

City hires new finance director

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  Staff report   A familiar face in the county’s public sector will soon be leading Lincolnton’s Finance Department. Steve Zickefoose, Assistant Superintendent for Business with Lincoln County Schools, has been selected to serve as the city’s Finance Director, according to city manager Jeff Emory. This comes only a month…

Motorcycle shop expands in downtown

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    Iron Station Thunder purchases next-door building as business grows ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   A motorcycle shop is making plans to expand its Lincolnton location. Since April 2012, Iron Station Thunder has been gaining business from motorcycle enthusiasts up and down the East Coast. The rise in popularity…