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Commissioners ironing out next year’s budget

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners made minor changes to the proposed Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget during their final budget work session on Friday. After another lengthy discussion regarding the proposed solid waste fee changes, county commissioners were able to come to a unanimous decision. Starting July…

United Way group stocks backpacks for students’ summer vacations

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Teen volunteers with United Way of Lincoln County recently packaged and donated activity bags to local elementary school children for the purpose of keeping their minds active all summer long. The nonprofit organization’s Teen Board — students who attend Lincoln Charter and each of the county’s…

Start Your Engines: Hog Happenin’ begins today

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Bikes and barbecue staples of annual downtown event ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Motorcycle and barbeque enthusiasts are gearing up for the 14th Annual Lincolnton Hog Happenin’, which kicks off tonight. A regional Bike Fest and Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned cook-off, the event features two days of live entertainment from…

Council adopts budget for city

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council voted unanimously to approve their 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Budget at their meeting Thursday night. Prior to the vote, council members held a public hearing to allow citizens the opportunity have their say about the budget. Resident Nancy Stokes was the first to address…

Man charged for drugs after crash

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man placed behind Catawba County bars late last month after crashing his drug-filled vehicle into a pole appeared in court this week. The 26-year-old driver, James Patrick Coughlin, a resident of 209 Arbor Run Drive, crashed his vehicle May 20 while driving down N.C.…

Candidates file for Board of Education seats

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Filing for Lincoln County’s Board of Education began Monday. As of Thursday night, only three candidates have filed, including two who are running for re-election. Candy Burgin, who currently serves as the board’s chair, was the first to file on Monday. She will seek re-election for…

Carolinas HealthCare shows off new facility

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer After Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) opened the doors late last month in Lincoln County to its first medical facility designed solely around meeting and enhancing patient care and convenience, the state-of-the-art structure is now catching fire across the region. Lincoln Medical Plaza II, located on the…

Sportsman wins award for hunter education

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Denver resident Link Grass has been selected as this year’s recipient of the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) Volunteer Instructor of the Year award. He is one of more than 55,000 IHEA-USA instructors who reach more than 650,000 hunter education students annually. Grass received the award…

County loses an icon with death of Doc Gamble

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Local icon Dr. John R. Gamble, Jr. passed away Monday night, CMC-Lincoln officials confirmed. A Lincolnton native, Gamble was born on March 22, 1922 to Dr. John Reeves and Hope Seibert Gamble. After graduating from Lincolnton High School, Gamble, 92 went on to attend Emory University…

Murder suspect to appear in court

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man, one of three accused in death of a Denver woman last year, is set to appear in court this morning, on the victim’s 55th birthday, family members said. Derek Williams, 25, of 421 Springs East Road, is charged with one felony count of…