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School board violated state open meetings law

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Staff report Lincoln County Board of Education Chair Candy Burgin told members of the media that the school board has been in violation of North Carolina’s open meetings laws in its handling of school personnel matters after the adjournment of a special called meeting on Thursday. The violation came to…

NAACP voters March to the Polls

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Group describes importance of voting, even in a midterm year Staff report Across the state Thursday, numerous registered voters participated in the “Moral March to the Polls,” led by local branches of the NAACP’s Forward Together Moral Movement. According to an NAACP press release, the rallies were designed to encourage…

Candidate Survey: NC House of Representatives

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Editor’s Note: The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of policy questions to the candidates for District 97 in the North Carolina House of Representatives. The responses from Republican incumbent Jason Saine and Democrat challenger Rosemary Hubbard are below. — M.G. If elected, what is one thing that you will do…

Cherryville police chief won’t serve prison time

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Former Cherryville Police Chief Woody Burgess, 61, will face no jail time after being charged in 2013 for embezzlement. According to documents from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina’s office, Burgess was charged with one count of program embezzlement after he allegedly…

West Lincoln ROTC cadets hold annual review

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Cadets of the Rebel Navy JROTC at West Lincoln High School moved with precision and expertise as the group lined up for its annual pass-and-review inspection on Wednesday. Lt. Cmdr. Ross Maggard watched with dignitaries like Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland and Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Dr.…

Hubbard, Saine spar at candidates forum

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Education funding, taxes show ideological split between candidates ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County incumbent state Rep. Jason Saine, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Rosemary Hubbard battled over their views on education and tax revenue during the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s Candidates Forum on Tuesday. The Chamber’s Government Affairs…

Candidate Survey: Board of Education

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The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of questions to candidates for Lincoln County’s Board of Education. The responses are grouped by the race each candidate is running in. At-Large — incumbent Candy Stevens Burgin and Clarissa Metts. District 2 — Joan Avery and incumbent Clayton Mullis. District 5 candidate Todd…

County archaeologist not afraid to get her hands dirty

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer As the Lincoln County archaeologist, January Costa spends the majority of her time either digging in the dirt or studying whatever artifact she’s pulled out of the dirt. The Gastonia native fell in love with archaeology at a young age and began volunteering at the Schiele…

Candidates take a stand at ELBA forum

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Talk of changes to Lincoln County’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) kicked off the East Lincoln Betterment Association’s Candidates Forum on Thursday. The forum, held at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver, gave community members an opportunity to hear from the candidates about their positions on local hot…

Legion building helped back to fighting form

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Lowe’s Heroes project brings volunteers together with local veterans ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The American Legion building on North Aspen Street in Lincolnton is in the process of getting a much-deserved facelift, thanks to a program at Lowe’s called Lowe’s Heroes. The annual program is designed to give back to…

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