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Fifth annual ‘Dam 2 Dam’ event to benefit EL Rescue Squad Park

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When participants hit the Lake Norman waters later this month in the fifth annual “Dam 2 Dam” event, proceeds from the day will benefit Denver’s Rescue Squad Park. The jet ski charity run on Lake Norman will stretch from Cowan’s Ford to Lookout Shoals. Organizers believe…

Rock-N-Roll Fantasy: Local musician shares stage with metal legends

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Pumpkin Center-based guitarist Robbie Norris never dreamed as a 12-year-old picking up a guitar for the first time that at 47 he would share the stage with his heroes, heavy metal icon Judas Priest. “I only had one thing on my bucket list and that was…

Lincoln County benefits from increase in arts funding

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln County arts community will benefit from $7.1 million dollars in funding for the statewide Grassroots Arts Program. Through the new state budget for fiscal year 2016-17 signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, arts programs in all 100 counties will reap the benefits of the funding.…

Public hearing will address transportation projects

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A public comment meeting will be held tonight at the East Lincoln Community Center to help identify future transportation projects. The Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization and North Carolina Department of Transportation have proposed a ranking of projects being considered at the Division Tier of the project…

Apple Festival board reveals shirt design

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Staff report The board of directors for the Lincoln County Apple Festival has announced the contest winner for the design of the t-shirt for the 2016 event. Lincoln County resident Matt Donnelly, a senior in graphic design at Appalachian State University, submitted the winning design and received the contest prize…

Deputies: Man held gun to woman’s head, threatened to kill

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Staff report A Gastonia man was arrested on Wednesday and charged with assaulting the mother of his child. Detective Kelly Paris followed up on a report filed by the woman, who said Jeremy Dale Morgan grabbed her by the throat and choked her while holding a gun to her head.…

West Lincoln’s Keely Stempien crowned Apple Queen

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Keely Stempien was crowned as Lincoln County’s 38th Apple Queen on Saturday evening. The rising West Lincoln High School senior dazzled the audience and judges alike, claiming one of Lincoln County’s most prestigious titles at the young age of 17. “Whenever it was announced I honestly…

Boger City Fire Department welcomes two new firefighters

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Boger City Fire Department welcomed two new firefighters to its roster of full-time employees on Thursday with a badge pinning ceremony. Logan Sauceda and Colt Henderson were the finalists of 17 applicants that successfully navigated a written exam, a physical abilities test and a pair…

City Council approves contract for construction of First Federal Park

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council approved a contract with Howard Construction Company on Thursday evening and will now proceed with the construction of First Federal Park in downtown Lincolnton. However, some amenities have been removed from the original renderings after all four qualifying bids came in well above…

ELHA to host presentation on Brotherton family

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The East Lincoln Historical Association will host a presentation today on the historical significance of the Brotherton family to Lincoln County at the Mundy House in Denver. According to organizers and county historians, the Brotherton family serves as one of the county’s earliest settlers and relatives…