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DSS: Crisis funding may not last through winter

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer With temperatures plummeting so early into the winter season, officials at the Lincoln County Department of Social Services are concerned that federal funding for low-income residents will not meet the county’s needs. At a recent Lincoln County Department of Social Services’ board meeting, DSS director Susan…

Three generations of Burris practice comes to an end

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Dr. Ray Burris has a firm handshake and a warm smile. Burris, 71, doesn’t look a day over 55, but is quick to communicate that he certainly is feeling his age these days. “You know, I really didn’t feel differently from one decade to the next,”…

Deputies: Woman drove through garage where man, children were hiding

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Staff report A Lincoln County woman is facing assault charges after she allegedly crashed her vehicle into a garage door where two small children and one man were hiding following a domestic dispute. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 3000 block of Baxter Deaton…

Hotel, large development planned for eastern Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Eastern Lincoln County may soon have its very own hotel. Baylor Properties, Corp., a New York developer, is proposing the construction of a $16 million hotel as part of a planned 31-acre mixed-use community, known as Cottonwood Village, on South Little Egypt Road in Denver. According…

Big cat stalking livestock

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer While large, non-domestic cat sightings are reported across the state, it most often becomes a public concern when there is damage to property, animals or people. A recent scare for one Crouse resident provided a glimpse into the damage that can be done by a wild…

Families celebrate adoptions

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Social Services: 25 children adopted since 2013 ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Pink and blue balloons floated across the Lincolnton sky on Friday, a tribute to the 25 adoptions that have taken place through Lincoln County’s Department of Social Services since 2013. According to DSS Adoption Manager Sandy Kennedy, the ceremony…

Audit: Public safety, education spending increases in county

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on the county’s 2014 audited financial statements at a Nov. 17 meeting. According to the presenter, Tonya Marshall, from Martin Starnes and Associates, the county’s general fund revenue increased $3.2 million this fiscal year, or approximately 4 percent, while general…

Rosalind Welder is ‘Woman of the Year’

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Staff report Lincoln County has a new Woman of the Year. Cheryl Burgess, with the Lincolnton Business and Professional Women’s Club, announced Rosalind Welder as the 2014 Lincoln County “Woman of the Year” at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on Thursday. A Crouse native, Welder is an…

Handmade gifts go on display at Cultural Center

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Woman found responsible for 2013 death

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A civil judgment in Superior Court on Nov. 3 found a Vale woman responsible for the death of her boyfriend following a domestic dispute on March 29, 2013. A jury found the death of Justin Garrett Smith, age 20 at time of death and formerly of…