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Lincolnton Middle School still working toward new basketball courts

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincolnton Middle School is hoping for the generosity of local donors to help the school raise the money necessary to construct two outdoor basketball courts. The school hosted its first New Year’s Shootout inside its gymnasium this year, a basketball tournament won by the LMS boys…

Lincoln County Democrats cruise into general election

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer While eight local Republicans must prepare quickly for a primary election barely two months away, the two Democrats running for Lincoln County commission seats will have a much more favorable election cycle. Neil Underwood and Elaine Jenkins, both former Lincoln County Schools employees, automatically advanced to…

Local student’s design business finds global success

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When his North Lincoln High School friends were just beginning to peruse the local job market for part-time openings, a then-16-year-old Daniel Yount was being sent tens of thousands of dollars every month by an English gaming company. Four years later, while many of his peers…

Lincolnton science center receives support from council

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A unanimous vote of support for a proposed science center in Lincolnton was extended by the city council during a regular session on Thursday. Edward McFadden of STEM Career Path Project, Inc. addressed the council about the initiative, his background and what the science center could…

Caboose will not be part of First Federal Park

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s city council has decided that the caboose at the railroad depot, which will some day be the site of First Federal Park, will not be included in the project. Since June, the council has discussed the possibility of the caboose in relation to the park.…

Mayor: Lincolnton moving forward after city manager fired

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley has been in office for barely a month and has already cast a tie-breaking vote five times. None were as influential on the city’s future as the one that saw the termination of City Manager Jeff Emory’s contract on Thursday night. “The…

Council fires City Manager Jeff Emory

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton City Manager Jeff Emory was fired by the city council following a closed session on Thursday. Emory will be paid six months’ severance. He was paid approximately $125,000 per year, including bonuses, by the city. He leaves his seat with 19.5 years of tenure and…

Man hopes Uber makes inroads in county

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Phil Ayers isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel. He’s just aiming to change the way local residents find transportation. Ayers said he is the first Lincolnton driver to be approved by Uber, the ride-share service and smart-phone application made popular in cities around the United States…

South Fork Fire Department makes strides for the future

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer After celebrating 50 years of service to the community last summer, the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department immediately got back to work and focused on the future of the department and what the next 50 years could hold. With his first year as fire chief, John…

West Lincoln teen snags NAGA championship

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A West Lincoln High School senior was named champion of the female teen division at the North American Grappling Association tournament in Concord. The events, which run through mid-December across the country, saw Kirsten Robertson, 18, tie the highest score of 120 across all divisions. “She…