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Cecelia Martin wants one more term as commissioner

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Cecelia Martin believes her record serves as the biggest asset in her pursuit of another term on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. A series of injuries and an increased time crunch has kept the 68-year-old Crouse native from going door to door and canvassing voters…

Lincolnton Fire Department looks to future while embracing history

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer For more than 100 years, the Lincolnton Fire Department has been serving the city and, within the current staff, the three longest-tenured staff members have a collective 85 years of service invested. Volunteer/Captain Brent Turner has served 34 years, Engineer Dave Ford has logged 26 and…

Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park proposal withdrawn

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Months of meetings, debate and a planning board recommendation have essentially been wiped from the record after Lincoln County commissioners voted to withdraw Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park’s application on Monday. That decision came after Planning and Inspections Director Andrew Bryant presented a letter from NFP Holdings,…

Jeff Gregory to challenge McHenry from the right in primary

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Discussing his progress Thursday, Kings Mountain native and Shelby resident Jeff Gregory called attention to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign slogan. The retired postmaster and Air Force veteran hopes to “Make America Great Again” by knocking off longtime incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry in a 10th Congressional District…

Carney, Curtis trade barbs in state senate primary race

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer If the North Carolina District 44 senate race began in a heated frenzy, it appears to have boiled over thanks to the content of campaign mailers recently distributed to Iredell County residents. Incumbent Sen. David Curtis, a Denver Republican, sent out the flyers to voters in…

Cooperative Extension ready for Pie Day 2016

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County residents are encouraged to bring empty stomachs and full appetites to the James W. Warren Citizens Center on Jan. 28 for the Extension and Community Association’s annual National Pie Day celebration. More than 100 pies in total, two from each baker, are anticipated for…

Boger City Fire Department Chief: Kitchen fires can be prevented

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A kitchen fire that occurred Jan. 10 within the Boger City Fire Department district could have been prevented, according to Fire Chief Mitch Burgin. “I would say that about one-third of the fires in Lincoln County are caused by unattended cooking,” Burgin said. “Keeping batteries in…

Council, public to offer ‘profiles’ of new city manager

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s City Council will meet on Wednesday and submit individual profiles for characteristics that councilmen would like to see in the city’s new manager. The city has set up a portal on its website designed to cull public input on the matter. Citizens will have until…

City officials welcome qualified contractors, vendors

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Officials with the City of Lincolnton are welcoming fresh faces in the form of consultants, service providers, contractors, vendors and suppliers. It isn’t that the city is snubbing their long-time relationships, Mayor Ed Hatley said, but that providing the city with the best possible cost and…

Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park on BOC agenda tonight

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners are expected to deliver their final verdict on Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park when they meet at the James W. Warren Citizens Center tonight. The park, a proposed training facility for top young extreme sports athletes across the region, was recommended for denial by…