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Hubbard, Saine spar at candidates forum

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Education funding, taxes show ideological split between candidates ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County incumbent state Rep. Jason Saine, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Rosemary Hubbard battled over their views on education and tax revenue during the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s Candidates Forum on Tuesday. The Chamber’s Government Affairs…

Candidate Survey: Board of Education

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The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of questions to candidates for Lincoln County’s Board of Education. The responses are grouped by the race each candidate is running in. At-Large — incumbent Candy Stevens Burgin and Clarissa Metts. District 2 — Joan Avery and incumbent Clayton Mullis. District 5 candidate Todd…

County archaeologist not afraid to get her hands dirty

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer As the Lincoln County archaeologist, January Costa spends the majority of her time either digging in the dirt or studying whatever artifact she’s pulled out of the dirt. The Gastonia native fell in love with archaeology at a young age and began volunteering at the Schiele…

Criminal Charges — 10-22-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: William Dean Sheppard, 31, of 3159 Loomis Street in Lincolnton was charged Oct. 14 with two counts each DWI and one count left of center. A $5,000 secured bond was set. Lisa Gail Poovey, 34, of 7550 Blackwelder Road in Denver was…

Early voting begins Thursday

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After more than a month of debate and revisions, the Lincoln County Board of Elections and the North Carolina State Board of Elections have finalized the county’s early voting schedule. The latest revision to the schedule, which extends early voting hours at the Lincolnton voting site,…

Board of Education to vote again on LHS athletic director

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Education will hold a special called policy meeting on Thursday, and will likely hold a second vote on the appointment of a new athletic director at Lincolnton High School. According to a press release, the purpose of the meeting is to “discuss personnel and…

Our View — Businesses giving back

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Businesses that make it a point to give back to the community deserve our recognition and appreciation. The Lincolnton Lowe’s is currently working on improvements and upgrades to the American Legion Post 30 building on North Aspen Street in Lincolnton, through the Lowe’s Heroes project. That endeavor, led by store…

Candidates take a stand at ELBA forum

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Talk of changes to Lincoln County’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) kicked off the East Lincoln Betterment Association’s Candidates Forum on Thursday. The forum, held at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver, gave community members an opportunity to hear from the candidates about their positions on local hot…

Legion building helped back to fighting form

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Lowe’s Heroes project brings volunteers together with local veterans ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The American Legion building on North Aspen Street in Lincolnton is in the process of getting a much-deserved facelift, thanks to a program at Lowe’s called Lowe’s Heroes. The annual program is designed to give back to…

WWII veteran looks back on service with pride

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Marilyn Wallace is a spry 90-year-old who remembers her service in the Army Air Forces during World War II with pride. The New York native followed in her mother’s and brother’s footsteps, enlisting in the military during the height of the war. “My mother came home…