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Lincolnton to name new city manager Thursday

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Sources said Lincolnton’s City Council will name interim city manager Steve Zickefoose to the post on a permanent basis at Thursday’s meeting. The seat was left vacant after the city terminated the contract of former city manager Jeff Emory in January. “Essentially, the city manager search…

Congressman targets opioid abuse with law enforcement workshop

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry, the chief deputy whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, held a workshop Friday morning in Gastonia to address the opioid crisis sweeping across North Carolina. More than 50 law enforcement personnel from 15 District 10 departments, including the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office…

City could help pay for clock restoration

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When Lincolnton’s City Council meets on Thursday, one agenda item finds city officials discussing the possibility of spending $9,000 toward the renovation of a historic clock that once hung on Court Square. “Those funds come out of Business and Community Development and we have a line…

Man dies in accident in western Lincoln County

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  MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Jack William Wescott, 51, died after a single-car accident on North Brook #3 School Road in western Lincoln County on Thursday evening. There were no passengers in the van Wescott was driving at the time of the accident. Officials said it appears Wescott lost control…

East Lincoln High School to implement SMART lunch program

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer East Lincoln High School will implement a new SMART lunch program when school reconvenes in August. The program is designed to provide enrichment for students, offering opportunities for advancing academic performance and encouraging personal interests. “We went through our school accreditation process at the end of…

County set to celebrate Independence Day

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton will celebrate Independence Day with events scheduled throughout Sunday evening. Beginning with free children’s games at the 100 block of Academy Street at 6:30 p.m., the annual parade will begin at 8:30 p.m. on East Main Street and Flint Street while winding down at Lincolnton…

Children’s Miracle Network sends local family to Washington

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Katie Webb, a Lincoln County native born with a rare disease, was recently honored as the 2016-17 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Ambassador for North Carolina. As part of the ambassador’s tour, Katie and her family visited the nation’s capitol, where they met Sen. Thom Tillis.…

Director to make LTG debut with ‘Charlotte’s Web’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln Theatre Guild will offer a production of “Charlotte’s Web” in September that will also serve as the directing debut for Rebecca DeGregory. “It is an amazing experience for me to debut in Lincolnton where I grew up,” DeGregory said. “I was in my first…

Local Libertarian Party chapter holds inaugural meeting

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln County chapter of the Libertarian Party met in Denver on Wednesday evening for the group’s inaugural meeting. “By organizing within the county, it gives us strength,” Libertarian District 44 state Senate candidate Nic Haag said. “It’s more than a singular voice complaining — it’s…

School board votes to renovate track at North Lincoln

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education voted to move forward with a plan to renovate the track at North Lincoln High School despite only receiving one bid on the project. Policy states that any project in excess of $10,000 requires at least two competing bids, but…