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Legislators hope to eliminate tier system

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County lawmakers are hopeful that facts presented in a recent report lead to the demise of the state’s long-held tiers system for economic incentives. The system, which attempts to rank North Carolina’s 100 counties by an index of economic measures and population and poverty adjustments…

Renovations in store for Lincolnton YMCA

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincolnton Branch of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte will undergo some renovations and upgrades to bring the facility into the new year in style. “We have worked it out with our contractors to get it done in the most efficient way possible,” Executive Director Bart…

Carlton, Avery enter county race

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Two more Republicans entered their names Friday into what has become a crowded Lincoln County Board of Commissioners race. Robert Avery and Bruce Carlton were the seventh and eighth Republicans, and the ninth and 10th candidates overall, to file paperwork for the 2016 election. Carlton, a…

UPDATED: Lincoln County Animal Services fined by state

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Animal Services was assessed $7,500 in civil penalties this month after a shelter investigation found several instances of neglect. The Animal Welfare Section of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services followed up on an October complaint and conducted a site visit…

City spent $286k on missing maps

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton spent more than $280,000 on stormwater maps during four recent fiscal years but now claims that those maps have been lost. Multiple city officials, including some who spoke on the condition of anonymity, questioned whether the maps, which were supposed to be…

School system implements new bus stop policy

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In accordance with new State Board of Education policy, Lincoln County’s school bus drivers will begin giving hand signals in January. Schools were given nearly six months’ notice of the change, and county students have been watching a safety video to prepare for the switch. The…

Lincolnton couple rescues Model-T Ford

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Classic car enthusiasts Bobby and Chrissy Leatherman appreciate history as much as they do the roar of an engine or the restoration of a once proud set of wheels. A chance to purchase a 1922 Model–T Ford truck was too much for the Lincolnton couple to…

Secret Santa makes Lincolnton stop

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer It’s not often that Rodney Jordan says he’d welcome someone to copy actions that force his department’s involvement. But if anybody wants to mimic what happened earlier this month, when an anonymous, cash-filled letter was dropped off in a former elected official’s mailbox and police cruisers…

Lincoln County Animal Services fined by state

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Animal Services was assessed a $7,500 civil penalty after an investigation into the shelter found several instances of animal neglect. The Animal Welfare Section of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services followed up on an October complaint and conducted a site…

Trilogy Lake Norman on target for first phase

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Shea Homes’ Trilogy Lake Norman development has progressed and is on target for initial goals pre-set for phase one of the new Denver community. The groundbreaking served as the first Trilogy development in the Carolinas, with 22 completed and 15 active across the country. Trilogy offerings…