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Union Fire Department marks 50 years of serving in West Lincoln

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Though it was born out of necessity and tragedy, Union Fire Department has withstood the test of time and, on Saturday, it will celebrate 50 years of community service. Following the fire that destroyed Union High School in 1962, local residents of western Lincoln County got…

Curtis, Saine endorsed by NC Chamber

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Staff Report The North Carolina Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) announced it has endorsed state Rep. Jason Saine and state Sen. David Curtis, and several other judicial and legislative candidates seeking election this fall, in a press release on Monday. Saine represents Lincoln County, referred to as District 97. Curtis’s…

Lide leaving county manager’s office

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After five years of dedicated service to Lincoln County, Assistant County Manager Martha Lide is leaving her position. “Our move is totally related to my husband’s job,” she explained. “My husband’s employer has said ‘you need to come work at the headquarters,’ and so we have…

Business Spotlight: Freeman’s Tax Service

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Filing taxes is often viewed as a mandated and burdensome task to the general public. But for Lincolnton native Allen Freeman, taxes are a vital component of his livelihood. The owner of Freeman’s Tax Service, Inc., Freeman has spent nearly 50 years honing his accounting skills.…

Deputies: Man forged prescriptions

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Staff report A man accused of passing fraudulent prescriptions for painkillers was charged with a class C felony Tuesday, following a two-month investigation by the Lincolnton Police Department. Tony Franklin Cline, Jr., 38, of 1788 Furnace Road Ext. in Lincolnton, was charged with 17 counts each of trafficking an opiate…

Lawndale man convicted of shooting at vehicle

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Staff report A Cleveland County man was sentenced in Lincoln County Superior Court on Wednesday to 27-42 months in the North Carolina Prison System for shooting at an occupied vehicle. Mickey Gene Mellon, 46, of 245 Boyles Road in Lawndale, was sentenced for a Sept. 28, 2013 shooting on Hulls…

Criminal Charges 10-10-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Kevin James Potter, 27, of 3331 Falcon Ridge Road in Maiden was charged Oct. 7 with one count each of harassing phone call and cyberstalking. A $700 secured bond was set. Scottie Dean Smith, 29, of 4000 Reepsville Road in Vale…

Division of Workforce 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 Career Center/DWS, 529…

Chamber holds Leadership Academy

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Candidate Survey: Clerk of Court

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Editor’s Note: The Lincoln Times-News, in an effort to inform our readership about the positions its potential elected officials take on different issues, submitted a series of questions to the two candidates for Clerk of Superior Court — Republican incumbent Fred Hatley and Democrat challenger Elaine Harmon. Their responses are…