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Lincoln County employees to get retroactive raises

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Employees of Lincoln County, who anticipated receiving a merit-based raise in January, 2015, are expected to retroactively receive the raise as of July 1. Carroll Mitchem, who chairs the county’s Board of Commissioners, announced the news to employees during the Annual County Employee Luncheon on Wednesday…

Businesses seek solutions to rising health insurance costs

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Nearly 50 businesses, health care officials and insurance providers attended the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Forum on Thursday, working together to identify a solution to rising health care costs. Ronnie Caldwell, owner of Innovative Pest Management, Inc., served as the driving force behind orchestrating…

Obituaries — 12/12/14

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James ‘Jim’ A. Bush James “Jim” A. Bush, 65, of Denver passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Born on June 21, 1949 in Belmont, he was the son of the late Horace and Martha Deese Bush. Jim was a truck driver for Chem-Tech Solutions Belmont. Jim is survived by…

Mashburn named county’s Employee of the Year

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Employee of the Year is a man who dedicates his life to saving lives. “I love what I do,” Lincoln County EMS shift supervisor Bruce Mashburn said. “I love taking care of patients. I love the people that I work with and the community.…

Business Spotlight: Noblot Jewelers

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For Tom Noblot, owner of Noblot Jewelers, his Christian beliefs and altruistic nature define his business. “Some companies mislead and misdirect to make a profit,” Noblot said. “Our motto is ‘a break from the ordinary,’ because we’re different. This is God’s store, and I run my…

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. Come to the NC Works Career Center-Lincoln County, 529 N Aspen St., Lincolnton or…

Criminal Charges — 12/12/14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Ryan Eller McRee, 37, of 2953 Water Plant Rd. in Maiden was charged Dec. 9 with one count each of driving while license revoked, display of expired registration plate and possession of drug paraphernalia. A $500 secured bond was set. Wendy…

Around Town — 12/12/14

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TODAY Christmas in the Land of Oz The Lincoln Cultural Center and the Ironton Animal Hospital will present “Christmas in the Land of Oz” at the Lincoln Cultural Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for seniors/students. Tickets are available at the Lincoln Cultural Center office,…

Our View — An insurance solution

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A group of business leaders met at Verdict Ridge Country Club on Thursday to discuss solutions to the rising cost of employer health insurance plans. Some have seen massive spikes in costs in the past two years. The solution is simple, no roundtable meeting needed: vote a Republican into the…

My gifts are many, I keep counting them

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist That grungy old Grinch has flung his germy wares over the neighborhood and left some of us an unwanted gift. There’s much sniffling and coughing going on and many meds haven’t produced a cure. But he can’t douse the spirit and time is closing in, so…