Carrol Mitchem

Commissioners OK budget, tax increase in 3-2 vote


LINCOLNTON — At their June 7 meeting, Lincoln County commissioners signed off on the county budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. It includes a 2-cent property tax increase, and 2.7-cent fire tax rate hike for the East Lincoln district. The board approved the proposal in a 3-2 vote, with Commissioners Carrol Mitchem and Bud Cesena dissenting.    ‘Smoke and mirrors’       […]

Residents weigh in on future use of courthouse


LINCOLNTON — As construction continues on a new 104,000-square-foot courthouse, a committee of county officials revealed results from a survey asking residents about potential new uses for the current courthouse building — the centerpiece of downtown Lincolnton.  Out of more than 1,300 responses, nearly 40 percent wanted the century-old historic landmark to be converted into a museum. Twenty-one percent of […]

Mitchem: ‘You can’t live in fear’


Four months after his bout with COVID-19, and as rates of new cases rise to their highest levels locally, statewide and across the U.S., Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem says people shouldn’t be afraid of the virus that has killed two-dozen of his constituents and nearly 5,000 North Carolininians. “If you live your life in fear of […]