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County manager contract, raises approved

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners removed the “interim” tag from county manager Kelly Atkins and approved retroactive merit-based raises for county employees at a meeting on Monday. The commission unanimously approved Atkins’ contract as the new county manager. Atkins had previously been appointed to serve…

A firefighter remembered

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Police ask for public’s help to solve card theft

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Staff report The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect in a case of identity theft. On Nov. 13, a victim reported that his check/debit card was used in various places on several dates in Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln Counties. A surveillance photo…

City leaders working on long-range plan

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The City of Lincolnton’s department heads met with Centralina Council of Governments executive director Jim Prosser and information systems administrator Bob Henderson on Monday to discuss the next steps in the city’s strategic planning vision: an interactive open house to help the public understand the functions…

East Lincoln brings home another trophy

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Board to vote on county manager

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will hear a motion to approve an employment contract with interim county manager Kelly Atkins to serve as county manager at a meeting tonight. Atkins would receive a salary of $110,000 per year during the term of the contract, according to…

Toys for Tots continues to make impact for local kids

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Over 100 large red bags stuffed with five toys each fill what was once a classroom in a schoolhouse built in 1922 that serves as a meeting place for Lincoln County veterans. In it’s current state, the aging structure off of Highway 27 looks more like…

Fun at the Cat Square Parade

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At 93, Doug Mayes still finds hope in tomorrow

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Legendary newscaster reflects on music, journalism, love and family PHIL PERRY Staff Writer If there were ever a renaissance man roaming the earth in search of truth, adventure and a good laugh, his name would be Doug Mayes. It would be hard to describe a man with such a diverse…

Lincoln County employees to get retroactive raises

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Employees of Lincoln County, who anticipated receiving a merit-based raise in January, 2015, are expected to retroactively receive the raise as of July 1. Carroll Mitchem, who chairs the county’s Board of Commissioners, announced the news to employees during the Annual County Employee Luncheon on Wednesday…

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