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Students see law enforcement up close

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    K-9 units, specialized vehicles a hit with county second-graders   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   With police dogs, a bomb squad and SWAT gadgets and rows of patrol vehicles, the 23rd Annual Lincolnton-Lincoln County Adopt-A-Cop picnic for county second-graders proved successful this week in sparking elementary students’ interests…

Carmen Sumner: The Voice of the City

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER   Staff Writer   Known to many as the “Voice of the City,” receptionist Carmen Sumner is City Hall’s go-to person for all of Lincolnton’s government related inquiries. “I have phone calls with people all the time who have questions and don’t know who to call,”…

VFW honors local public servants at banquet

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “I look at our public servants as being similar to veterans; they are brothers in arms, just like us, except they serve in a different capacity,” VFW Commander Garry Pratt said. Head of the Lincolnton VFW Post 1706 for the fifth consecutive year,…

City leaders discuss budget at work session

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   City Manager Jeff Emory shared his concerns with city council members regarding the General Fund Balance during a budget meeting Wednesday night. According to Emory, the city has spent $2,165,000 from the fund balance since 2009, which is offset by the $660,000 surplus made…

Division of Workforce Solutions Job Listings

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  You must currently be registered with DWS to be referred on any of our jobs. Go to www.ncworks.gov to register or update an existing registration. Job listings for all of North Carolina may also be accessed. Call DWS, Lincolnton, 704.735.8035, or come to the Lincoln County JobLink Career Center/DWS,…

Chamber holds networking luncheon

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Extension Grows Here: The National STEM Crisis

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  APRIL DILLON Guest Columnist   The new buzzword across education and the nation is STEM. Perhaps you have heard that our nation is in a STEM crisis. What exactly does that mean? STEM is an acronym for Science Technology Engineering and Math. Our nation’s leaders, educators, parents and students…

Criminal Charges 5-9-14

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Jessie Lee Jones, 30, of 4346 E. N.C. 27 in Iron Station was charged May 5 with one count of harassing phone call. An unknown bond was set. Robert Lee Kirkland, 45, of 182 Yarborough Rd. in Lincolnton was…

Reader’s Forum

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  Multiple UDOs not necessary   The UDO (Unified Development Ordinance), the County’s zoning guide, was discussed quite a bit during the recent primary. The discussions were interesting and the new candidates had new ideas to bring to the table. But, I believe the suggestion made by a couple of…

Our View — Open discussions, better government

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We like open government. We like it even more when elected officials do their part to ensure the public has the broadest possible access and input into the discussions that lead to votes that directly impact citizens. That’s what happened at the Lincolnton City Council meeting on May 1 when…