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County remains in top economic tier

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Staff report North Carolina’s Department of Commerce 2015 Economic Development Tier Rankings were released on Nov. 26. Lincoln County remained in the Tier 3 designation, meaning it is one of the least economically distressed counties in the state. Mandated by state law, the designations are used to “determine a variety…

Santa’s Sac toy drive set for Saturday at country club

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Two truckloads of toys can do a lot of good in Lincoln County for children who may not have something to open on Christmas. Organizers for “Santa’s Sac,” a Lincoln County nonprofit organization that celebrated its inaugural event in 2013, look forward to the challenge of…

Woman arrested for storage unit break-ins

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Deputies: Victim identifies property for sale in parking lot of Lincolnton grocery store Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives have made an arrest in connection with a rash of break-ins that occurred at Harris Mini Storage at 6135 E. Highway 150 and Guardian Storage at 4150 Business Highway 16.…

Criminal Charges — 12-5-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Barry Kent Philyaw II, 36, of 457 Harris Dr., No. 132 in Lincolnton was charged Dec. 2 with one count of non-support of family. A $1,000 bond was set. Penny Jeane Hurley, 45, of 4780 Crouse Rd. in Crouse was charged…

Around Town — 12-5-14

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FRIDAY Christmas in the Land of Oz The Lincoln Cultural Center and the Ironton Animal Hospital present “Christmas in the Land of Oz” at the Lincoln Cultural Center at 7 p.m. at 403 East Main Street in Lincolnton. Tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for seniors/students. Tickets available at…

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…

Business Spotlight: Mentaur Learning Center

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Since 2010, the Mentaur Learning Center has worked with students of all ages to assist in their supplemental educational endeavors. “We serve Mecklenburg, Iredell, Catawba and Lincoln Counties,” said Ginny Wirzbicki, Mentaur Learning Center’s owner and director. “We work with adults, college students, charter school, private…

New board shakes up county leadership

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Mitchem elected chairman, Jackson fired as county manager ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A dramatic shift in Lincoln County’s leadership took place at the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. Newly elected commissioner Bill Beam, who was inducted alongside Martin Oakes, nominated veteran county commissioner Carroll Mitchem to serve as the…

Restraining order application against sheriff dismissed

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An attempt to secure a restraining order against Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter was dismissed in district court on Dec. 1 after it was determined by District 27B judge Ali Paksoy, Jr. that accuser Wayne Anthony Huss must file a verified complaint to the court in…

Macy’s Parade experience twice as nice for twin brothers

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Most people would agree that having the opportunity to cross something off of your “bucket list” at 21 years old is a chance that you want to seize. This sentiment rang true for former East Lincoln High marching band standouts and twins Brandon Nichols and Britt…