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Hubbard, Saine spar at candidates forum

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Education funding, taxes show ideological split between candidates ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County incumbent state Rep. Jason Saine, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Rosemary Hubbard battled over their views on education and tax revenue during the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s Candidates Forum on Tuesday. The Chamber’s Government Affairs…

Candidate Survey: Board of Education

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The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of questions to candidates for Lincoln County’s Board of Education. The responses are grouped by the race each candidate is running in. At-Large — incumbent Candy Stevens Burgin and Clarissa Metts. District 2 — Joan Avery and incumbent Clayton Mullis. District 5 candidate Todd…

County archaeologist not afraid to get her hands dirty

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer As the Lincoln County archaeologist, January Costa spends the majority of her time either digging in the dirt or studying whatever artifact she’s pulled out of the dirt. The Gastonia native fell in love with archaeology at a young age and began volunteering at the Schiele…

Candidates take a stand at ELBA forum

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Talk of changes to Lincoln County’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) kicked off the East Lincoln Betterment Association’s Candidates Forum on Thursday. The forum, held at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver, gave community members an opportunity to hear from the candidates about their positions on local hot…

Legion building helped back to fighting form

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Lowe’s Heroes project brings volunteers together with local veterans ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The American Legion building on North Aspen Street in Lincolnton is in the process of getting a much-deserved facelift, thanks to a program at Lowe’s called Lowe’s Heroes. The annual program is designed to give back to…

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…