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Commissioners move ahead with next year’s budget

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After additional discussion at a meeting Monday night meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 County Budget, with commissioners Carroll Mitchem and James Klein in opposition. The final decision was made during an impromptu budget workshop held after…

Wolves walk across graduation stage

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Lincolnton High School held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2014 on Friday.…

Brothers killed in wreck

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Staff report
 The state highway patrol said two brothers were killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Reepsville Road on the county’s western end on Thursday. Joshua Gantt, 27, of Diamond Lane in Vale, and his brother Casey Gantt, 23, of Sam Houser Road in Vale, were both killed when their…

Saine’s amendment battles puppy mills

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The North Carolina House of Representatives has passed a budget amendment to expand the definition of a dealer in the animal welfare section to include commercial dog breeders who have 10 or more female dogs. The amendment exempts breeders of hunting dogs, according to a press…

Commissioners may approve budget today

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After two lengthy workshop sessions, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners is expected to adopt the county’s budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year today. At their last budget meeting, the board discussed proposed solid waste fees. If approved, the budget would go into effect on June 1.…

Historic marker to commemorate site of Drumsville

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Staff report The Drum-Wilkinson clan will host a dedication service for the new Drumsville historic marker at Jones Fish Camp on June 28. While this is a historical preservation project of the Drum-Wilkinson Clan based in Catawba County, the family extends throughout the United States. John, Sr. and Mary Isenhour…

County schools hold graduations for Class of 2014

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Three of Lincoln County’s four public high schools held graduation ceremonies on Thursday.…

Some local businesses reap windfall from Hog Happenin’

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Each year, Hog Happenin’ brings numerous barbeque and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country to Lincolnton. With the two-day event occupying multiple downtown roads, Main Street and Court Square businesses are faced with the dilemma of whether it is profitable for their business to remain open…

The Reids: Like father, like son

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Law enforcement career runs deep in county deputy’s family JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer From an early age, Jason Reid can remember the impact his father had on the community as a law enforcement officer. Whether he and his family were at church, dinner or another public outing, Jason could sense…

Woman donates kidney to save relative’s life

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer One Pumpkin Center resident and Lincoln County business owner is donating a kidney today to save a relative’s life. Christina Stone, a massage therapist and owner of Healing Touch in Lincolnton, didn’t think twice about helping her mother-in-law, Kathy Stone, when doctors told the ill woman…