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East Lincoln brings home another trophy

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Board to vote on county manager

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will hear a motion to approve an employment contract with interim county manager Kelly Atkins to serve as county manager at a meeting tonight. Atkins would receive a salary of $110,000 per year during the term of the contract, according to…

Toys for Tots continues to make impact for local kids

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Over 100 large red bags stuffed with five toys each fill what was once a classroom in a schoolhouse built in 1922 that serves as a meeting place for Lincoln County veterans. In it’s current state, the aging structure off of Highway 27 looks more like…

Fun at the Cat Square Parade

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At 93, Doug Mayes still finds hope in tomorrow

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Legendary newscaster reflects on music, journalism, love and family PHIL PERRY Staff Writer If there were ever a renaissance man roaming the earth in search of truth, adventure and a good laugh, his name would be Doug Mayes. It would be hard to describe a man with such a diverse…

Lincoln County employees to get retroactive raises

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Employees of Lincoln County, who anticipated receiving a merit-based raise in January, 2015, are expected to retroactively receive the raise as of July 1. Carroll Mitchem, who chairs the county’s Board of Commissioners, announced the news to employees during the Annual County Employee Luncheon on Wednesday…

Businesses seek solutions to rising health insurance costs

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Nearly 50 businesses, health care officials and insurance providers attended the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Forum on Thursday, working together to identify a solution to rising health care costs. Ronnie Caldwell, owner of Innovative Pest Management, Inc., served as the driving force behind orchestrating…

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…