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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…

Woman charged with trafficking opiates

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Staff report An Iron Station woman has been charged with trafficking opiates by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Tessa Lee Hinson, 23, was arrested after deputies received information that drug sales were being conducted “at a location south of Lincolnton” on Thursday, according to a press release. Hinson allegedly was…

Denver Canine Club opens for Lincoln County adoptions

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Prospective pet owners have a new place to adopt cats and dogs in Lincoln County. In December, Denver Canine Club co-owner Pat McCafferey volunteered the space to Lincoln County Animal Services, two months after the Huntersville Petco contracted with a Charlotte humane society and limited the…

Lincoln County legislators advocate for bond referendum

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s state legislators are hopeful that a March 15 bond referendum leads to growth for the state’s university, community college and water and sewer infrastructures. The $2 billion Connect NC Bond wouldn’t go to any specific Lincoln County cause, though Rep. Jason Saine argues the…

Patton looks back in final year as commissioner

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Alex Patton knows a day will come fairly soon when his schedule will be much more manageable. The longtime commissioner didn’t file to run for a fourth term, ensuring his reign will end after 12 years serving Lincoln County. Come December, the Lincoln County native will…

City produces ‘lost’ maps but questions remain

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton has complied with a public records request and produced two sets of stormwater maps officials say represent more than $280,000 in spending and four years of work. The Lincoln Times-News published a story on Dec. 17 detailing elected officials’ questions about the…