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CHS-Lincoln awarded for energy savings

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Monarch butterfly stickers have inhabited the Carolinas Healthcare System Lincoln hospital the past seven months, their presence serving as visual cues for employees to consider the environment around them. The hospital was one of four in North Carolina chosen to pilot a CHS initiative aimed at…

American Garage Door Systems focuses on service

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Denver-based American Garage Door Systems has endured changes in the industry and the economy over the last 16 years. “We really do focus on customer service,” President Dave Nodine said. “We put our customers at the front of our priority list and we stand behind…

Jason Saine clinches re-election bid

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Rep. Jason Saine essentially clinched a third full term in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Monday when the 2016 filing deadline passed with no action. The Lincoln County Republican will run unopposed in November, meaning barring impeachment, resignation, retirement or a popular write-in candidate,…

SAGA Combat Systems to offer classes to educators

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Lincolnton martial arts school is offering free classes to school teachers in 2016 after a successful campaign in 2015 where they did the same for local law enforcement officers. SAGA Combat Systems will kick off the new year by promoting the program. The acronym “SAGA”…

Field house to be named after Scott Cloninger, track after Dr. Clyde Smith

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Two Lincolnton High School coaching legends will have their accomplishments forever remembered at the place they honed their craft. By unanimous decision, Lincoln County school board members voted to name the school’s track after Clyde Smith, a coach and educator who spent 30 years with Lincoln…

County may demolish Lincolnton’s Block Smith Gym

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The future of Lincolnton’s Block Smith Gym is very much in doubt. Lincoln County commissioners cited lead paint, asbestos and limited use as causes of concern for the county-owned facility, a former Lincolnton High School structure built in the 1950’s, during a budget retreat Thursday. The…

Fostering Hope: Foster care provides bridge for broken families

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Editor’s Note: This story is the first in a three-part series that explores the foster care system in Lincoln County. Part 2 will run in Wednesday’s edition. — M.G. PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When a family is broken, there’s no easy fix. The jagged pieces of fractured lives may not…

Legislators hope to eliminate tier system

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County lawmakers are hopeful that facts presented in a recent report lead to the demise of the state’s long-held tiers system for economic incentives. The system, which attempts to rank North Carolina’s 100 counties by an index of economic measures and population and poverty adjustments…

Renovations in store for Lincolnton YMCA

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincolnton Branch of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte will undergo some renovations and upgrades to bring the facility into the new year in style. “We have worked it out with our contractors to get it done in the most efficient way possible,” Executive Director Bart…

Carlton, Avery enter county race

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Two more Republicans entered their names Friday into what has become a crowded Lincoln County Board of Commissioners race. Robert Avery and Bruce Carlton were the seventh and eighth Republicans, and the ninth and 10th candidates overall, to file paperwork for the 2016 election. Carlton, a…