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Businesses balk at insurance cost spike

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Several Lincoln County business owners are taking a stand against spiking health insurance costs that they say are the result of the Affordable Care Act. “Last year, I was hit with a 30 percent insurance increase for my company,” said Ronnie Caldwell, co-owner of Innovative Pest…

Man could face federal charges after meth bust

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Staff report A Rutherford County man could face federal prosecution for allegedly selling methamphetamine in Lincoln County, following a month-long investigation into a drug trafficking organization. An undercover officer with the narcotics division of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office infiltrated an organization where John Davis Humphries, 44, of 970 Bethany…

Hesed House a safe place for county’s homeless

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Board: Volunteers, funding needed for facility’s operations ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Hesed House of Hope first opened its doors to the homeless of Lincoln County in 2006. The shelter typically opens its doors to clients in December and stays open until March, but the below-average temperatures that seemed to come…

Saine: State House ready to get back to governing

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer North Carolina House Rep. Jason Saine (R) handily won re-election to the state’s 97th District on Election Day, and is ready to get back to work in Raleigh with the General Assembly. “I was really excited and thrilled to get such overwhelming support from the county,”…

Going yellow for a good cause

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City Council mulls reorganizing Tourism Development Authority

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton City Council members vetted proposed changes to the city’s Tourism Development Authority board at a meeting Thursday night. During the August Tourism Development Authority meeting, City Manager Jeff Emory informed board members that the City of Lincolnton had received public notice from the State’s Treasurer’s…

A day on the links at Betty Ross

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Club expands and improves disc golf course in Lincolnton ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Disc Golf Club is making big changes at Betty G. Ross Park. The club began in 2011 and the goal was simple: to play disc golf. A sport very much like traditional golf, except with…

Catawba Co. men nabbed for break-ins

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Staff report Two Conover residents were taken into custody by the Lincolnton Police Department on felony breaking and entering charges on Wednesday. Zakari David Glode, 27, and Jerry Wayne Kinzer, Jr., 25, both of 2939 East Highway 10 in Conover were identified as suspects after officers with the Lincolnton Police…

Silver, Mullis bid farewell to school board

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Outgoing Board of Education members Bob Silver and Clayton Mullis took a few moments at the end of Thursday’s meeting to share their thoughts on the end of their current tenure as elected officials. “Upon leaving my position at the Lincoln County Board of Education, I’d…

Oakes ready to take seat on commission

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer With the 2014 election season now over, newly elected county commissioners Martin Oakes and Bill Beam are eager to begin their responsibilities on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. “The first order of business is to find out what’s going on,” Oakes said. “The county manager…