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WWII veteran looks back on service with pride

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Marilyn Wallace is a spry 90-year-old who remembers her service in the Army Air Forces during World War II with pride. The New York native followed in her mother’s and brother’s footsteps, enlisting in the military during the height of the war. “My mother came home…

Schedule of Values on county agenda

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will meet tonight to vote on the proposed Schedule of Values. Discussion regarding the 2015 proposal has been contentious, with the decision having been delayed twice thus far. At the conclusion of commissioners’ Oct. 6 meeting, commissioners Carroll Mitchem, Cecelia Martin…

Soup, pottery sale to benefit Lincoln County hospice

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Rising Sun Pottery will host its 17th Empty Bowls Project to benefit Hospice of Lincoln County on Tuesday. The project originally started in the 1970s in Colorado to benefit a soup kitchen. When Gary Lee of Rising Sun Pottery brought the project to Lincoln County, he…

Convicts get a second chance

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Work release program helps inmates get back into society ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Excel Manufacturing is doing more than welding landscaping trailers and textile handling equipment. The business started just after World War II and was, at one time, a furniture manufacturer. Plant manager Robbie Eurey has worked for the…

Candidate Survey: Board of Commissioners

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Editor’s Note: The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of questions to candidates for Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners related to their policy stances and motivation for running for office. The responses from Republicans Bill Beam and Martin Oakes and Democrat Adam Long are listed below. — M.G. Why are you…

Spirit Week at LHS

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Board of Elections proposes new early voting plan

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County may see yet another change to its early voting schedule. In a regularly scheduled Board of Elections meeting on Tuesday, the board voted 2-1 to submit a new early voting schedule to the North Carolina State Board of Elections for approval. The new proposal…

First same-sex couples wed in Lincoln County

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Asheville judge’s ruling strikes down NC same-sex marriage ban ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Two Denver men made history Monday morning, becoming the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Lincoln County. For Tom Taylor and his husband, Scott Mical, the opportunity to exchange wedding vows in their home state…

Industries made big gains in ‘13

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer With Industry Appreciation Month underway, the Lincoln Economic Development Association has worked diligently to share the importance and accomplishments of the local industry and manufacturing sector. The City of Lincolnton and Lincoln County have declared October as Industry Appreciation Month for the past 11 years. This…

Board of Education approves final specs for Asbury redesign

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education reviewed the proposed final design drawings for the construction of the new Asbury Alternative School building at a meeting Tuesday night. The school board partnered with R.J. Leeper Construction Company earlier this year to work on the $2 million project. According…