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Lincolnton High brings mystery to the stage

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LHS drama students present ‘Her Lips Are Sealed’ as dessert theater PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton High School drama teacher Shane Stephens believes that a good “who-done-it” mystery is a gateway to the hearts of most theater enthusiasts. The educator, now in his ninth year at the school, will lead…

County remains in top economic tier

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Staff report North Carolina’s Department of Commerce 2015 Economic Development Tier Rankings were released on Nov. 26. Lincoln County remained in the Tier 3 designation, meaning it is one of the least economically distressed counties in the state. Mandated by state law, the designations are used to “determine a variety…

Santa’s Sac toy drive set for Saturday at country club

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Two truckloads of toys can do a lot of good in Lincoln County for children who may not have something to open on Christmas. Organizers for “Santa’s Sac,” a Lincoln County nonprofit organization that celebrated its inaugural event in 2013, look forward to the challenge of…

New board shakes up county leadership

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Mitchem elected chairman, Jackson fired as county manager ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A dramatic shift in Lincoln County’s leadership took place at the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. Newly elected commissioner Bill Beam, who was inducted alongside Martin Oakes, nominated veteran county commissioner Carroll Mitchem to serve as the…

Restraining order application against sheriff dismissed

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An attempt to secure a restraining order against Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter was dismissed in district court on Dec. 1 after it was determined by District 27B judge Ali Paksoy, Jr. that accuser Wayne Anthony Huss must file a verified complaint to the court in…

Macy’s Parade experience twice as nice for twin brothers

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Most people would agree that having the opportunity to cross something off of your “bucket list” at 21 years old is a chance that you want to seize. This sentiment rang true for former East Lincoln High marching band standouts and twins Brandon Nichols and Britt…

Cat Square prepares for parade festivities

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When a yearly event is anticipated and embraced by a community for 41 years, it has officially graduated to “tradition.” Since 1973, the Cat Square parade has been the focal point of area residents during the holiday season. Each year, residents in and around Cat Square…

New county leaders take seats today

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County could see a shift in its county commission leadership following tonight’s Planning Board and Board of Commissioners joint session. With newly elected county commissioners Bill Beam and Martin Oakes being officially inducted this evening, the Board of Commissioners will be required to elect a…

Santa makes a stop at Lincolnton parade

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Cloninger era ends at LHS

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