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Close calls and near falls: Burgin looks back on 30-year cop career

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer How many law enforcement officers can you name that had a 30-plus year career who never had to fire their weapon at another human being? Chances are, not many. Former Lincolnton Police Chief Tom Burgin is one of those who did not. “I certainly had some…

Mullen elected Board of Education chairman, new members sworn in

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Education officially welcomed newly elected board members and leadership at its meeting Tuesday night. Veteran member Mark Mullen was unanimously elected by the education board to serve as its new chairman, a position most recently held by school board member Candy Burgin. Burgin, who…

Man struck and killed by train

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Staff report A Lincoln County man was struck and killed by a train in the Lincolnton city limits on Sunday, according to police. Officers responded to the railroad tracks near the 1200 block of East Gaston Street early on the morning of Dec. 7 about a call regarding a subject…

Chamber groups get OK to move on UDO change request

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After nearly a year of dialogue and meetings with county staff and community leaders, the West Lincoln and East Lincoln area councils have received the green light from the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, the next step in efforts to amend and improve the county’s Unified…

Police: Man caught trying to steal TV

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Staff report Lincolnton police officers caught a man in the process of stealing a television set from a South Aspen Street residence on Sunday, according to a press release. Officers said they found Reginald Eugene Jones, 46, of Catawba Street in Lincolnton, trying to leave a residence while carrying a…

McHenry: Leadership role brings clout to NC

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For chief deputy whip, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), healthcare, energy and jobs will be the issues he plans to focus on in the upcoming year. McHenry was appointed chief deputy whip back in June by House majority whip-elect Steve Scalise. “When you elect a representative,…

ABC store planned for western Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Commission is currently working with state officials to develop a liquor store for western Lincoln County, at the intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 18. According to Lincoln County ABC Commission chair Mike Baker, the venture is still in its…

Three nabbed in drug busts

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested three people Thursday in two separate incidents during a surveillance operation south of Lincolnton. Narcotics investigators were conducting an undercover operation near the Dollar General store in High Shoals and completed a hand-to-hand drug transaction with the suspects, deputies said. Tina…

Veterans recognized at Pearl Harbor ceremony

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Lincolnton mayor honors vets for service, courage PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton Mayor John O. Gilleland made a heartfelt and emotional tribute to Lincoln County veterans at Thursday’s City Council meeting, it was apparent that he expected the city would unite on Sunday at a Pearl Harbor Day observance…

City, DDA clash over funding

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s Downtown Development Association clashed with City Council during a funding discussion at a meeting Thursday night. During her presentation, Downtown Development Association chair Brooke Sherrill asked council members to consider rolling over unexpended funds from the Business and Community Development Department Façade Grant Program, during…