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County communications director resigns

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Staff report The director of the Lincoln County emergency communications center has resigned. Rick Ellis’s last day is Friday, according to a press release from County Manager Kelly Atkins. Ellis began his career in Lincoln County as a part-time tele-communicator in October 2002 and was promoted in December of that…

City Lunch to celebrate memory of Goodson for second year

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer City Lunch will once again honor a Lincolnton man by giving away 100 free hot dogs in his memory on Wednesday. Donald Goodson died April 13, 2015, eight years after suffering a major stroke while riding a lawnmower. A frequent patron of the Court Square restaurant,…

Lincolnton Fire Department marks new hires, promotions

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Native son returning home after storied career

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton native Harry Costner is returning to the town that he has always called home. Costner, 71, has never lost his love for his hometown. “It’s a magical place with amazing people,” he said. The retired engineer who operates an independent consulting business today took a…

‘Hero Day’ set for April 20 at county high schools

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Since 2001, Dale Punch has organized what was once referred to as “Medal of Honor Day” in Lincoln County, with a focus on reaching the youth of the area through speaking engagements at local high schools. Today, the annual celebration is referred to as “Hero Day.”…

Libertarianism rises slowly locally, nationally

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer With a limited budget holding him back, Nic Haag is trotting out a different campaign strategy in his efforts to win votes this fall. Instead of canvassing neighborhoods and knocking on doors, the 29-year-old network security engineer has begun holding session at restaurants that serve alcoholic…

Huss family named 2016 Conservation Farm Family

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Most of Ralph Huss’s life has been consumed by early mornings, late nights and long hours in between maintaining his family’s West Lincoln farm. At 83, Huss has slowed but not stopped. The farm, now being mostly run by his son, Doug, appears to be in…

Man arrested on 10 felony drug warrants

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been arrested by the Lincolnton Police Department on 10 outstanding felony drug warrants. Christopher Dean Hall, 27, of 405 A Green Street, was arrested on April 4 on six felony counts of trafficking opiates and one count each of possession with intent to sell…

LCAS releases ‘kill list’ of 17 cats

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Animal Services sent out a final plea list Thursday asking for help to prevent 17 cat euthanizations next week. All cats on the list are under three years old, four are listed as feral and 13 have “unadoptable behavior” marked as the reason for…

City could adopt ‘garbage fee’ for nonprofits

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton could adopt a “garbage fee” for all nonprofits within city limits as early as June. The fee, which would apply to nonprofits including schools and churches, could fetch the city an additional $40,000 annually. “In the budget work session, I suppose that…