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Saine named to lottery oversight committee

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Staff report U.S. Senator-elect and state House Speaker Thom Tillis has appointed Lincoln County Rep. Jason Saine to co-chair the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee regarding the North Carolina State Lottery. “I am very pleased and honored that Speaker Tillis chose me as a co-chair in one of his final committee…

Families celebrate adoptions

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Social Services: 25 children adopted since 2013 ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Pink and blue balloons floated across the Lincolnton sky on Friday, a tribute to the 25 adoptions that have taken place through Lincoln County’s Department of Social Services since 2013. According to DSS Adoption Manager Sandy Kennedy, the ceremony…

Audit: Public safety, education spending increases in county

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on the county’s 2014 audited financial statements at a Nov. 17 meeting. According to the presenter, Tonya Marshall, from Martin Starnes and Associates, the county’s general fund revenue increased $3.2 million this fiscal year, or approximately 4 percent, while general…

Rosalind Welder is ‘Woman of the Year’

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Staff report Lincoln County has a new Woman of the Year. Cheryl Burgess, with the Lincolnton Business and Professional Women’s Club, announced Rosalind Welder as the 2014 Lincoln County “Woman of the Year” at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on Thursday. A Crouse native, Welder is an…

Handmade gifts go on display at Cultural Center

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Woman found responsible for 2013 death

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A civil judgment in Superior Court on Nov. 3 found a Vale woman responsible for the death of her boyfriend following a domestic dispute on March 29, 2013. A jury found the death of Justin Garrett Smith, age 20 at time of death and formerly of…

Stanley woman arrested for prescription fraud

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STAFF REPORT A Stanley woman was arrested and placed in the Lincoln County jail in connection with an on-going investigation into prescription medication fraud. Triesa Jane White, 31, of 15420 Lucia River Bend Highway, Stanley, was arrested Nov. 17 on warrants for trafficking opiate, conspiring to traffic opiate, possession with…

Inmates cost Lincoln County taxpayers nearly $61 per day

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Inmates in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center cost the taxpayers of Lincoln County an estimated $60.95 a day per inmate, according to Karen Doolittle, financial manager for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. According to documents provided by Doolittle, the 2014 daily estimate for inmates in…

’Tis the Christmas season

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Klein, Robinson leaving Board of Commissioners

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For James Klein, his desire to participate in Lincoln County government began nearly a decade ago, while driving deliveries along N.C. 16 Business. “I started thinking, ‘What is Denver going to become in 20, 40, 50 years?’” Klein said. It was that inquisitive nature that prompted…