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‘Nutcracker’ production returns to traditional theme

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When area dance students take the stage at the James W. Warren Citizens Center this weekend for the 8th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” many fans of the theater will be pleased to see a return to the traditional theme and music of the two-act ballet.…

Close calls and near falls: Burgin looks back on 30-year cop career

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer How many law enforcement officers can you name that had a 30-plus year career who never had to fire their weapon at another human being? Chances are, not many. Former Lincolnton Police Chief Tom Burgin is one of those who did not. “I certainly had some…

Annual meeting shows improved numbers for Pumpkin Center VFD

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer While volunteerism across the country is on a downward trend in relation to volunteer fire departments, the Ore Bank Pumpkin Center VFD has managed to produce improved numbers with a penchant for creative fiscal maneuvers to assist and strengthen the department as a whole. During an…

Mullen elected Board of Education chairman, new members sworn in

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Education officially welcomed newly elected board members and leadership at its meeting Tuesday night. Veteran member Mark Mullen was unanimously elected by the education board to serve as its new chairman, a position most recently held by school board member Candy Burgin. Burgin, who…

Man struck and killed by train

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Staff report A Lincoln County man was struck and killed by a train in the Lincolnton city limits on Sunday, according to police. Officers responded to the railroad tracks near the 1200 block of East Gaston Street early on the morning of Dec. 7 about a call regarding a subject…

Chamber groups get OK to move on UDO change request

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After nearly a year of dialogue and meetings with county staff and community leaders, the West Lincoln and East Lincoln area councils have received the green light from the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, the next step in efforts to amend and improve the county’s Unified…

Police: Man caught trying to steal TV

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Staff report Lincolnton police officers caught a man in the process of stealing a television set from a South Aspen Street residence on Sunday, according to a press release. Officers said they found Reginald Eugene Jones, 46, of Catawba Street in Lincolnton, trying to leave a residence while carrying a…

McHenry: Leadership role brings clout to NC

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For chief deputy whip, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), healthcare, energy and jobs will be the issues he plans to focus on in the upcoming year. McHenry was appointed chief deputy whip back in June by House majority whip-elect Steve Scalise. “When you elect a representative,…

Helping the youth of Lincolnton

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Ken Hoyle, 77, of Lincolnton, told me he has worked part time at the Betty Ross Park for 60 years. The year after he graduated from high school, Betty Ross called and asked him if he would oversee the gym at night. Local teenagers would come…

Around Town — 12-10-14

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Bud Longs River Oaks Band will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at 2910 Killian Rd. in Lincolnton. Children under 12 will not be admitted.…