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A budget is born

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer While many residents are gearing up for the Fourth of July and other fun summer festivities next month, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners and county staff members are awaiting the start of the new fiscal year. Less than a week away, the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year will…

Shooting leaves one injured

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Anthony Gene Robinson, 29, of Lincolnton, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury following a shooting incident that occurred early Sunday morning. Officers with the Lincolnton Police Department were dispatched and en route to a disturbance call received from 1025…

State unemployment rate rises slightly

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Staff report The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, increasing 0.2 percent from April’s revised rate of 6.2 percent, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce report. The national rate, however, remained unchanged at 6.3 percent. Nationally, the number of persons unemployed was 9,799,000, while the…

Arts Council announces grants, woodturning exhibit

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Staff report The Arts Council of Lincoln County is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program sub-grants, through August 15. Providing quality arts experiences since 1977, the program uses a per capita based formula and partners with all 100 counties in the state to enable arts…

The boys of summer

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Student privacy, business bills move through GA

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Staff report Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 1031, co-sponsored by Lincoln County Republican Rep. Jason Saine, into law Tuesday afternoon. According to a press release from the governor’s office, the bill will create a nonprofit corporation to assist the Department of Commerce in fostering and retaining jobs and business…

Inmate injured after throwing self from jail’s second floor

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UPDATE: According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Crystal Hubbard signed an unsecured bond of $30,000 at CMC – Main and later signed herself out, against medical advice. The extent of her injuries and her current condition are unknown. ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported that…

Groups mark anniversary of Ramsour’s Mill

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County’s first paintball facility on its way

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s first professional paintball facility is expecting to open its doors this fall. Owner John “Kirk” Bailey received the green light from the county’s Board of Commissioners at the June 16 meeting, where they unanimously voted to approve his conditional use permit for Lake Norman…

Program aims to curb hunger in local kids this summer

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincoln County Schools system is once again participating in the Summer Food Service Program. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service website, the Summer Food Service Program was created in 1968. As a three-year pilot, the program provided grants to…