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Newly elected Lincolnton mayor defends tie-breaking vote

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley has defended his tie-breaking vote that gave City Manager Jeff Emory, the city’s highest paid employee who also works on a contract basis, a 1.5 percent cost of living raise. “The intent was to give all employees a raise,” Hatley said. “He…

‘Christmas in Scotland’ comes to Lincoln Cultural Center

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Dancing, storytelling and fine musicianship will grace the stage as “Christmas in Scotland – Seasonal Music and Stories from Celtic Lands” comes to Lincolnton. “This is year number six,” said creator, organizer and performer Jamie Laval. “It is different every year. Our first year it was…

White House Extreme Sports Park set for public hearing

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A larger-than-usual audience is anticipated for tonight’s Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting, which has been moved from its normal location on the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center to the building’s auditorium. On the agenda for the 6:30 p.m. meeting are six…

SBI investigation into theft from burned children fund ends

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The State Bureau of Investigation has concluded its investigation into allegations that a former Lincolnton firefighter stole money from a fund for burned children and has submitted those findings to the county’s district attorney. The allegations center on former assistant chief Bill Fortenberry and missing money…

Athletes for Academics to return to Lincolnton Middle

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Eight months after finding success with the initial event, Lincolnton Middle School principal Dana Ayers is bringing back the school’s “Athletes for Academics” assembly Friday afternoon. Ayers, a second-year principal, launched the program in April by convincing seven current and former athletes to talk about the…

Firefighters donate 63 coats to Battleground Elementary

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Thanks to a surprise donation last month, 63 students at Battleground Elementary School won’t go cold this winter. The 63-coat giveaway came from the Lincolnton Professional Fire Fighter’s Association. Jeffrey Hurt, then the president of the Local 4866 chapter of LPFFA and an ambassador with Operation…

Tillis touts eugenics compensation legislation

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The United States Senate unanimously passed legislation this week that will help ensure victims of forced sterilization aren’t restricted from receiving federal benefits based on their enrollment in state eugenics compensation programs. Cornelius Republican Sen. Thom Tillis introduced the legislation alongside North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard…

Records show disparities between city, county use of email

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PHIL PERRY ADAM LAWSON Staff Writers An analysis of public records has shown that there are vast differences between the way city and county officials utilize their public email addresses. The records request made by the Lincoln Times-News, an attempt at quantifying the level of public email use government officials…

Hatley breaks ties in first council meeting as mayor

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Newly elected Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley was forced to break two ties on Thursday night, just minutes after taking his seat as the leader of the city. With Republican Councilman Devin Rhyne and Democratic Councilman Dr. Martin Eaddy nominated for mayor pro tem and a deadlocked…

Lincolnton High presents murder mystery dessert theater

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Guests are encouraged to bring an empty stomach and an attentive mind to the Lincolnton High School drama club’s annual dessert theater Saturday night. The 7:30 p.m. production of “Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine” centers on the death of wealthy theatre supporter Eleanor Van Heusen…