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Commissioners consider tax increase, pay bump for county employees

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners conducted a budget workshop for the third time this year on Wednesday, recommending restoring Sheriff’s Office and EMS vehicle funding, upping the county’s tax rate and granting county employees a raise in the process. The meeting started with County Manager Kelly Atkins…

Kiser educator named ‘Teacher of the Year’

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For Kelly Withrow, the accolades keep pouring in. In September, the F.D. Jack Kiser Intermediate School fourth grade instructor was recognized with a Hometown Hero Teacher Appreciation Award. More recently, she was named her school’s Teacher of the Year for the second time in her career.…

Editor’s Note: A strong woman

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Every man owes a huge debt to his mother. And not just for giving birth to him. Even though, as the father of two young boys, I know how hard that process is. We owe our mothers a debt for all of the little things, those…

Chairman: No non-Christian prayers at county meetings

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The delivery of Christian prayers prior to county government meetings is a tradition that won’t dissipate anytime soon, as long as some Lincoln County commissioners have their way. In response to a question concerning Rowan County, which was recently ordered by a federal court judge to…

Spousal insurance coverage could be on city budget chopping block

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With the sting of the loss of Lincolnton’s largest water customer, to the tune of $1.2 million dollars in lost revenue, the City of Lincolnton must scurry to fill the void that the closing of Mohican Mills, once a leader in the once strong southern textile…

Child molester sentenced to prison

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Staff report A Kings Mountain man was convicted on Tuesday of molesting a child in 2014 and was sentenced to between nine and 20 months in prison. The Lincolnton Police Department responded to a call about a child molestation in the Boger City area in the early morning hours on…

Adopt-A-Cop a hit with kids

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Traffic concerns voiced at public hearing

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Robert Davis spoke of walking trails and 5-foot-wide sidewalks when addressing a crowd at a community meeting at the Denver Fire Department on Thursday. But the questions most in attendance wanted answered concerned traffic issues — questions many feel remain unanswered. Davis is a developer assisting…

Strata Solar decision could come soon

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s case against the construction of a proposed solar farm in Denver appears to be getting closer to a resolution. County attorney Wesley Deaton said on Monday night and again on Tuesday morning that the case will be heard by Superior Court judge Yvonne Mims…

City Council approves naming rights for Lincolnton park

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council unanimously approved a motion to extend naming rights for the new city park that will be located at the “old depot” on North Poplar Street. First Federal Bank will make a $50,000 contribution up front and pay $5,000 annually for five years to complete…