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Rotary auction set for this weekend

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    Staff report   For the 22nd year in a row, the annual Lincoln County Rotary Auction for Education, sponsored by the Lincoln Country Club, will be held this weekend in Lincolnton. Historically, the Rotary Clubs from Lincoln County have held the auction to fund low-interest student loans for…

Prayer Shawl Project a success

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Helping Hands clinic gets OK from county commissioners

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Robert Spencer has successfully overcome the first hurdle on his path. Now all the Gaston Family Health Services CEO has to do is “write a good grant and pray.” Lincoln County commissioners approved a motion on Tuesday to allow Helping Hands Health Center — a satellite…

BALLARD: Larry Simms’ Paris dilemma

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest columnist I asked Larry Simms to tell me a moment he would never forget and he told me about a business trip to Paris, France for the company he was working with years ago. He and one of his co-workers went there for a training seminar and…

Boger City Bank of America will close

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Boger City branch of Bank of America will shut its doors on June 23, a Bank of America spokesperson confirmed to the Lincoln Times-News on Friday. “After careful consideration, we have decided to close our Boger City banking center on June 23, 2015,” Nicole Nastacie…

Doctor: Charitable work ‘not a sacrifice’

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Father of Lincolnton pastor provides free care at Saturday clinic PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Since 1997, Dr. Douglas Miller has begun his Saturdays in similar fashion. While many other professionals are fishing or perhaps mountain biking at Lake Norman State Park, Miller has been helping those without health insurance through…

Rising Sun holds 18th annual ‘Mugathon’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For 18 years, Rising Sun Pottery of Lincolnton has held a benefit for the Humane Society of Lincoln County. What started out as a small gesture has grown and developed into a community-driven event with time-tested results. Rising Sun Pottery owner Gary Lee, a cat enthusiast,…

County budget moving toward completion

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Kelly Atkins spends hours daily making sure it’s ready. Though it won’t go into law until July 1, preparing the county’s annual budget is a bear of a task. The new county manager, who took the helm in December, often works into the early morning just…

Development ordinance becomes contentious

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When proposed amendments to Lincoln County’s unified development ordinance popped onto county commissioners’ agenda for an April 6 public hearing, the topic was bound to produce heated arguments on either side of the issue. Originally presented by East Lincoln and West Lincoln area councils of the…

Student Outreach Service hosts first 5K run

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A group of Lincoln County high school and middle school students have organized a fundraiser in the form of a 5K run that will benefit two local non-profit organizations and one at the international level. The self-titled group “Student Outreach Service” or “S.O.S.” has been successful…