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Commissioners consider tax increase, pay bump for county employees

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners conducted a budget workshop for the third time this year on Wednesday, recommending restoring Sheriff’s Office and EMS vehicle funding, upping the county’s tax rate and granting county employees a raise in the process. The meeting started with County Manager Kelly Atkins…

Kiser educator named ‘Teacher of the Year’

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For Kelly Withrow, the accolades keep pouring in. In September, the F.D. Jack Kiser Intermediate School fourth grade instructor was recognized with a Hometown Hero Teacher Appreciation Award. More recently, she was named her school’s Teacher of the Year for the second time in her career.…

Around Town — 5-8-15

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Around town for May 8, 2015 TODAY Older Americans Celebration Lincoln County Senior Services will host an Older Americans Celebration from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Betty Ross Park, at 800 Madison Street in Lincolnton. Event will feature lunch, games, entertainment and door prizes. Sub sandwiches, water, chips and dessert will…

Editor’s Note: A strong woman

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Every man owes a huge debt to his mother. And not just for giving birth to him. Even though, as the father of two young boys, I know how hard that process is. We owe our mothers a debt for all of the little things, those…

Criminal Charges — 5-8-15

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Timothy Aaron Hunt, 35, of 134 Taylor Rd. in Stanley was charged May 5, 2015 with two counts of failure to appear. A $500 bond was set. Robert Lee Mahala, Jr., 46, of 1492 Rhodes Rhyne Rd. in Lincolnton was charged…

Author to hold book signing

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Staff report Author Paulette Ballard, a Lincoln Times-News guest columnist, will be signing her book “Unforgettable Moments” on Saturday in Lincolnton. The book signing will be held at Fausto Coffee at 116 N.E. Court Square from 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, email Ballard at pballardnc1029@gmail.com.…

FBLA students shine at states

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Future Business Leaders of America awards program provides high school students the opportunity to test their knowledge against other teams, chapters and individuals. At the state event on April 13-15, winners advanced to national competition and will spend six days in Chicago, Illinois, where they…

Chairman: No non-Christian prayers at county meetings

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The delivery of Christian prayers prior to county government meetings is a tradition that won’t dissipate anytime soon, as long as some Lincoln County commissioners have their way. In response to a question concerning Rowan County, which was recently ordered by a federal court judge to…

Spousal insurance coverage could be on city budget chopping block

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With the sting of the loss of Lincolnton’s largest water customer, to the tune of $1.2 million dollars in lost revenue, the City of Lincolnton must scurry to fill the void that the closing of Mohican Mills, once a leader in the once strong southern textile…

Child molester sentenced to prison

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Staff report A Kings Mountain man was convicted on Tuesday of molesting a child in 2014 and was sentenced to between nine and 20 months in prison. The Lincolnton Police Department responded to a call about a child molestation in the Boger City area in the early morning hours on…