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Students won’t have to make up snow days

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  Staff report   Lincoln County Schools will not be required to schedule make up dates for the instruction time lost during Winter Storm Pax. Heavy snowfall forced the school district to close for three days last week. The school system had closed for two days earlier this winter due…

McHenry announces art contest

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry has announced the submission deadlines for the 2014 Congressional Art Contest. According to a press release sent Tuesday, the Congressional Art Contest began in 1982. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students nationwide have participated in the event enabling…

Former DSS worker’s rape charge cleared

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A Mecklenburg County judge has expunged rape charges against a former unit supervisor with the Lincoln County Department of Social Services. Sherman Pride, 44, of Cornelius, received court documents last spring that the second-degree rape charge a co-worker filed against him in…

NAACP event marks Black History Month

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    Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News      The Western Carolina University Inspirational Choir performs at the Lincoln County NAACP Black History Month Celebration at the Cultural Center on Sunday.   Image courtesy of…

Asheville Dem announces challenge to McHenry

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   An Asheville Democrat has filed to run for North Carolina’s 10th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Republican Patrick McHenry. Tate MacQueen filed last Friday. For the past 20 years, MacQueen has served public schools throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland…

Man’s icy creation far from average snowman

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  Contributed      John Rippe built this replica of the Coca-Cola polar bear outside his Vale home during the recent snowstorm.   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   From polar bears and dinosaurs to penguins and cartoon characters, one Vale resident has a knack for crafting snow sculptures. While most people seemed…

Sen. Curtis named to Obamacare analysis committee by Berger

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   State Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) announced last Wednesday that he has appointed Sen. Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus) and Sen. David Curtis (R-Lincoln) as senate co-chairmen of a legislative committee that will examine the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on North Carolina.…

Tremors felt in Lincoln County

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  Staff report   A small earthquake shook South Carolina and Georgia late Friday, and could be felt as far away as Lincolnton. The quake happened at 10:23 p.m. and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.1, said U.S. Geological Survey Geophysicist Dale Grant. It was centered 7 miles west of…

Commissioners to hear details on water plant expansion

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer     The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight to discuss an engineering proposal for the preliminary design and cost analysis phase of a possible water treatment plant expansion. Senior Utility Engineer Michael Neff will provide County Commissioners with a summary of…

County pummeled by snow

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    Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News       Katie Carpenter, 8, throws a giant snowball on Water Tank Hill on Thursday afternoon. Over 1,000 county residents without power, emergency crews surprised by low call volume during storm JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer With nearly a foot of snow piling up across the…