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White House Extreme Sports Park set for public hearing

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A larger-than-usual audience is anticipated for tonight’s Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting, which has been moved from its normal location on the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center to the building’s auditorium. On the agenda for the 6:30 p.m. meeting are six…

SBI investigation into theft from burned children fund ends

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The State Bureau of Investigation has concluded its investigation into allegations that a former Lincolnton firefighter stole money from a fund for burned children and has submitted those findings to the county’s district attorney. The allegations center on former assistant chief Bill Fortenberry and missing money…

Athletes for Academics to return to Lincolnton Middle

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Eight months after finding success with the initial event, Lincolnton Middle School principal Dana Ayers is bringing back the school’s “Athletes for Academics” assembly Friday afternoon. Ayers, a second-year principal, launched the program in April by convincing seven current and former athletes to talk about the…

Firefighters donate 63 coats to Battleground Elementary

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Thanks to a surprise donation last month, 63 students at Battleground Elementary School won’t go cold this winter. The 63-coat giveaway came from the Lincolnton Professional Fire Fighter’s Association. Jeffrey Hurt, then the president of the Local 4866 chapter of LPFFA and an ambassador with Operation…

Tillis touts eugenics compensation legislation

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The United States Senate unanimously passed legislation this week that will help ensure victims of forced sterilization aren’t restricted from receiving federal benefits based on their enrollment in state eugenics compensation programs. Cornelius Republican Sen. Thom Tillis introduced the legislation alongside North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard…

Records show disparities between city, county use of email

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PHIL PERRY ADAM LAWSON Staff Writers An analysis of public records has shown that there are vast differences between the way city and county officials utilize their public email addresses. The records request made by the Lincoln Times-News, an attempt at quantifying the level of public email use government officials…

Hatley breaks ties in first council meeting as mayor

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Newly elected Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley was forced to break two ties on Thursday night, just minutes after taking his seat as the leader of the city. With Republican Councilman Devin Rhyne and Democratic Councilman Dr. Martin Eaddy nominated for mayor pro tem and a deadlocked…

Lincolnton High presents murder mystery dessert theater

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Guests are encouraged to bring an empty stomach and an attentive mind to the Lincolnton High School drama club’s annual dessert theater Saturday night. The 7:30 p.m. production of “Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine” centers on the death of wealthy theatre supporter Eleanor Van Heusen…

Neil Underwood files to run for Board of Commissioners

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A pair of former Lincoln County Schools employees announced their intentions to seek public office Wednesday by filing to run for one of the three soon-to-be-vacant Lincoln County commissioner seats. Neil Underwood, who for 32 years directed the band programs at East Lincoln High School and…

United Way gets in the Christmas spirit with Angel Tree

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Emily is a Lincoln County teenager with an interest in dolphins, a love for earrings and a fascination with Paris. Another girl, unnamed, is enamored with the things many 14-year-old Americans covet, namely makeup and jewelry. Like any student their age, these two go to county…