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HIGH SCHOOLS — Wolves sweep Rebels in league hoops openers

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DAVID KEEVER LTN Correspondent Lincolnton placed five players in double figures Friday night and pulled away from rival West Lincoln in the second half on its way to a 62-47 victory in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference opener for both teams at Lincolnton. Good perimeter shooting in the…

East Lincoln wins 2AA state title

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Mustangs hold off Washington for second championship in three seasons RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor WINSTON-SALEM — All season long East Lincoln has taken each opponent’s best shot and survived. The Mustangs’ latest turnback resulted in a state championship. Chazz Surratt accounted for 287 yards and two scores, but it was East…

At 93, Doug Mayes still finds hope in tomorrow

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Legendary newscaster reflects on music, journalism, love and family PHIL PERRY Staff Writer If there were ever a renaissance man roaming the earth in search of truth, adventure and a good laugh, his name would be Doug Mayes. It would be hard to describe a man with such a diverse…

Lincoln County employees to get retroactive raises

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Employees of Lincoln County, who anticipated receiving a merit-based raise in January, 2015, are expected to retroactively receive the raise as of July 1. Carroll Mitchem, who chairs the county’s Board of Commissioners, announced the news to employees during the Annual County Employee Luncheon on Wednesday…

Businesses seek solutions to rising health insurance costs

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Nearly 50 businesses, health care officials and insurance providers attended the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Forum on Thursday, working together to identify a solution to rising health care costs. Ronnie Caldwell, owner of Innovative Pest Management, Inc., served as the driving force behind orchestrating…

Obituaries — 12/12/14

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James ‘Jim’ A. Bush James “Jim” A. Bush, 65, of Denver passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Born on June 21, 1949 in Belmont, he was the son of the late Horace and Martha Deese Bush. Jim was a truck driver for Chem-Tech Solutions Belmont. Jim is survived by…

Mashburn named county’s Employee of the Year

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Employee of the Year is a man who dedicates his life to saving lives. “I love what I do,” Lincoln County EMS shift supervisor Bruce Mashburn said. “I love taking care of patients. I love the people that I work with and the community.…

Business Spotlight: Noblot Jewelers

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For Tom Noblot, owner of Noblot Jewelers, his Christian beliefs and altruistic nature define his business. “Some companies mislead and misdirect to make a profit,” Noblot said. “Our motto is ‘a break from the ordinary,’ because we’re different. This is God’s store, and I run my…

Division of Workforce Solutions Job Listings

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You must currently be registered with DWS to be referred on any of our jobs. Go to www.ncworks.gov to register or update an existing registration. Job listings for all of North Carolina may also be accessed. Come to the NC Works Career Center-Lincoln County, 529 N Aspen St., Lincolnton or…

Criminal Charges — 12/12/14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Ryan Eller McRee, 37, of 2953 Water Plant Rd. in Maiden was charged Dec. 9 with one count each of driving while license revoked, display of expired registration plate and possession of drug paraphernalia. A $500 secured bond was set. Wendy…