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‘Departmental reorganization’ highlights city’s closed session talks

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A one-and-a-half-hour closed session highlighted the City of Lincolnton’s regular session on Thursday evening. No action was taken during the session but, prior to the meeting, one city official called the discussions “departmental reorganization” and, citing North Carolina closed session laws, would not go on the…

East Lincoln neighborhood on BOC agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer County commissioners on Monday will hold a public hearing for two potential new developments on the eastern end of the county, including Newton Crossing, a 200 single-family lot neighborhood to be built on 70 acres on the east side of Highway 16 Business, about 1,200 feet…

Rep. Jason Saine touts recent NC tax changes

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Last week, as North Carolinians started paying sales tax on a slew of previously untaxed services, Lincolnton Republican Rep. Jason Saine defended the state’s financial picture. “The idea of it was being a refresher on some of the tax changes we’ve made. Some of the narratives…

Jeweler brings experience, passion to downtown

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A new business will open its doors in downtown Lincolnton in the coming weeks that will focus on custom jewelry, custom leatherwork, silversmith classes and jeweler’s studio and bench rentals. Skin & Bones looks to officially open its doors the first week of April. Downtown residents…

State to ‘reassess’ I-77 toll contract

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Sen. David Curtis commended Gov. Patrick McCrory after N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson announced on Thursday that his department will “reassess” the 50-year contract the state agreed to with I-77 Mobility Partners in 2014 for the creation of toll roads on Interstate…

Ethics Archery produces ‘game changer’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Ethics Archery has secured “patent pending” status for a product that company President Scott Gizowski said will change the archery industry forever. What is currently referred to as a “spin point” insert, designed for arrows and supporting Ethics Archery’s product line of “spinning inserts,” Gizowski is…

Early voting begins in Lincoln County

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Early voting began at three precincts across Lincoln County on Thursday, the first time North Carolinians could make their decisions in the 2016 primary election. Board of Elections Director Bradley Putnam estimated that at least a few hundred participated on the day the polls opened, and…

New location inspires ‘A Bounce For All Ages’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Denver business “A Bounce For All Ages” just moved into a spacious office and warehouse facility that provides more than enough room for the growing rental company that offers bounce houses, wet and dry slides, games, obstacle courses, concessions and more. Recently, they acquired a…

Man charged with trafficking heroin

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Staff report An Iron Station man has been arrested for trafficking heroin. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office charged Eric Daniel Nolen, 40, of Nolen Acres Lane, after a surveillance operation during which investigators “saw what appeared to be a drug transaction between (Nolen) and multiple other subjects” on Thursday, according…

Former police chief dead at 80

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Former Lincolnton Police Department Chief Tom Burgin, who served the community with more than 30 years in law enforcement, died after a battle with cancer on Wednesday. He was 80. Burgin was known as a respected lawman. A 1953 graduate of Lincolnton High, he implemented changes…