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Officials: Vale library needs expansion

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    Board of Trustees cites lack of space, resources in presentation to commissioners     ELIZABETH HEFFNER  Staff Writer   Lincoln County Library’s Board of Trustees is asking county commissioners for their help in upgrading the library facility and services offered in western Lincoln County. At the commissioners’ May…

Course prepares future cops for the courtroom

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer   Cherryville resident Steven Hoyle has always dreamed of working in the police field. At age 26, he finally decided it was time to sign-up for the Criminal Justice Academy — also known as Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) — with Gaston College. Since…

City pool set to re-open after flood repairs

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        ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincolnton’s William M. Lentz Pool, located in Betty Ross Park, is scheduled to reopen this weekend for the summer season. According to recreation program coordinator Nathan Eurey, the pool received significant damage from heavy rains and flooding that swept across the…

Man charged for fatal hit-and-run

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Fitzpatrick JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Just one day after troopers made a break in a fatal hit-and-run investigation in Lincoln County, an arrest was made. Travis Kirk Fitzpatrick, 33, of Sherrills Ford, was charged Saturday morning after troopers said they received an anonymous tip. The suspect is accused of striking…

Medal of Honor recipients share war stories, life lessons with local students

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer In celebration of Memorial Day weekend, four Medal of Honor recipients visited Lincoln County students Friday morning at North Lincoln High School, offering their personal testimonies of war stories and heroic acts. The North Carolina Army National Guard and American Legion Post 30 in Lincolnton sponsored…

VFW honors fallen soldiers

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Commissioners meet to discuss new budget

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners began discussions regarding the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget during a five-and-a-half-hour meeting Friday. One of the biggest discussions of the day involved a $17 million project to renovate the old Lincoln County Hospital building. According to previous articles from the Times-News,…

Local woman killed in hit-and-run

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON  Staff Writer Troopers are continuing their search for a person they said killed a Lincolnton woman Wednesday night in a hit-and-run. Law enforcement officials held a press conference Friday afternoon at a body shop in Conover and said they are searching for a white 2001-2006 Chevrolet…

School Board members clash over presentation to commissioners

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Education is undergoing some internal disagreement after a May 5 budget allocation proposal to county commissioners. According to Lincoln County Board of Education member Clayton Mullis, there has been some disagreement among the board members as to the approach board…

Maiden man gets 100 years for child rape

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  Rogers   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Maiden man received a prison sentence of more than a century this week for raping a child in 2011, Catawba County court officials said. Judge Eric Levinson handed down the weighty judgment in Newton on Monday. Ron Christopher Rogers, 42, raped…