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Commissioners to approve county employee raises

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Staff report County commissioners are expected to approve a 1 percent raise for county employees at their meeting tonight. The county’s attorney and human resources Director Audrey Setzer will present the “Resolution for Prospective Bonus.” At their Dec. 1 meeting, the board unanimously approved a merit-based bonus for county employees.…

Former Denver newspaper publisher announces bid for governor as Libertarian

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Staff report An East Lincoln resident has announced plans to run as a Libertarian candidate in North Carolina’s 2016 gubernatorial race. Ken Fortenberry, former publisher of the weekly news@norman newspaper, informed media outlets of his decision to run in a press release Tuesday afternoon. His political platform includes calling for…

Drug sting nets 3 at city home

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department made three arrests on Tuesday and Wednesday as the result of an ongoing drug investigation. The investigation centered on a residence located at 609 Louise Avenue in Lincolnton and began after the Lincolnton Police Department received several complaints about the residence from citizens within…

Local veterans advocate to receive state’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the most prestigious and respected awards bestowed upon a citizen of North Carolina. It honors those who have a proven record of service to the state and its people. Historically, the honor is conferred by the…

Criminal Charges — 1-2-15

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Sheldon Eugene Hopper, 44, of 2144 June Dellinger Rd. in Stanley was charged Dec. 30 with one count each of communicating threats and assault inflicting serious injury. An unknown bond amount was set. Emily Chante Griggs, 31, of 120 Whitesides Dr.…

Business and Community development director talks plans for 2015

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Since starting her employment nearly two months ago with the City of Lincolnton, Business and Community Development director Vicki Davis has immersed herself in the local community, engaging with current and prospective business owners. “I’ve been going around in and out of the businesses, talking to…

NC Works Career Center – Lincoln County Job Listings

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You must currently be registered in NCWorks to be referred on any of our jobs. Go to www.ncworks.gov to register/update your information. Job listings for all of North Carolina may be accessed. Come to the NC Works Career Center-Lincoln County, 529 N Aspen St., Lincolnton or call, 704-735-8035. CREWMEMBER Job…

Business Spotlight: Andromeda Pet Care

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Business Spotlight: Andromeda Pet Care ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For Lincoln County native James Owens, spending time and caring for animals is not just a hobby, but is his lifelong passion and livelihood. For the past six years, he has owned and operated Andromeda Pet Care Services, a 24/7 business…

Former Denver newspaper publisher announces plans to run for governor

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Staff report An East Lincoln resident has announced plans to run as a Libertarian candidate in North Carolina’s 2016 gubernatorial race. Ken Fortenberry, former publisher of the weekly news@norman newspaper, informed media outlets of his decision to run in a press release Tuesday afternoon. His political platform includes calling for…

Our Top Stories: Year in Review, 2014

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Editor’s Note: This year was a good one for news and this newspaper. By my count, we published roughly 1,000 stories in our print edition and on our website, more than 300 editorials and opinion columns and many excellent photographs. We stepped up our social media footprint and executed a…