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Soil and Water department works to keep ecosystem healthy

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer It’s not often that Rick McSwain can say his department is in the midst of a lull period. But for now, that’s just what the Soil and Water Conservation District director is facing. Currently, the department is going out and working on various Agriculture Cost Share…

County budget clocks in at $89.9 million

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer During a 27-slide PowerPoint presentation on Monday night, Lincoln County manager Kelly Atkins officially presented county commissioners with the $89.9 million budget that will likely be approved by a vote on June 8. The budget will include a $0.013 property tax increase, which will cost residents…

County commissioners approve prayer policy

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Mitchem backtracks from comments about prayer before meetings   ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Every seat in the chamber was filled and several dozen watched on a video screen in the lobby of the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center as Lincoln County commissioners formally adopted a new…

Coming to America: The cost of freedom

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Imagine the scenario. You are leaving your home country with the hopes of starting a new life for yourself and your family in the United States. You are prepared to weather the storm of the financial burden of such an endeavor. You have been saving for…

Renaissance woman pours passion into work

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer It didn’t take long for Caroline Brown to realize where her talents would take her as an adult. The Lincolnton business owner said it all goes back to her youth, when she would travel Lincoln County and beyond with her late father searching for adventure and…

Girl dies in wreck

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Staff report One female was pronounced dead at CMC-Main in Charlotte in the early hours Sunday after a car she was a passenger in hit a curb at Paul Lawing and North Aspen Street. The vehicle left the roadway and collided with a building. The car held two rear passengers,…

Prayers on county agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Ever since Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem made derisive comments toward non-Christian faiths in an interview for a May 8 Lincoln Times-News story, other commissioners have distanced themselves from those views, saying they were Mitchem’s alone and not representative of the county. A…

Coming to America: Perception is not reality

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally, many lack the necessary family connections to qualify for legal entry into the U.S. Others wait for decades for a visa. Most do not qualify as refugees because they don’t come from countries experiencing…

Security heightened for county meeting

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincoln County Commissioners meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the James W. Citizens Center, additional security will be provided by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The increased law enforcement presence is the result of the reaction to comments regarding religion and prayer at county meetings…

‘A’ is for Alma: LHS senior credits brave parents for her success

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Student whose parents fled Bosnian War accepted to Princeton   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton High School senior Alma Huselja’s mother was pregnant with her, the members of the family became refugees, fleeing the horrors of the Bosnian War and reaching Lincolnton via Germany and California. That journey has…