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West Lincoln senior headed to U.S. Air Force Academy

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer West Lincoln High School senior Matthew Mault is one of 1,200 students from across the country that will begin their college undergraduate career with the United States Air Force Academy this fall. “Well, my granddad was in the Coast Guard, and he always talked about that…

Lincolnton police captain ending storied career

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer As a young girl, Cindy Monday dreamed of suiting up in a uniform representing one of the most difficult public servant positions — that of a law enforcement officer. After a more than 30-year career, the Lincolnton Police Department captain and first African-American to be hired…

Crews to resurface US-321 in Gaston

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Staff report Starting Tuesday, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin closing sets of ramps along U.S. 321 as work continues on a $7.7 million resurfacing project in Gaston County. The ramp closures will start at 9 a.m. each day and are expected to continue through the end of the…

Rezoning, hires on agenda for commissioners

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday to discuss the fate of several rezoning and conditional use permit requests discussed a public hearing earlier this month. At the April 7 meeting, applicant Ralph Dickson requested permission to have a 0.92 acre parcel…

New store commits to healthy, local food

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   A Denver store featuring local healthy foods is holding its grand opening this weekend. The store, featuring the motto “Always Local, Never Long Distance,” is the creation of Lincolnton native Jeff Coffey. Family members Kyle and Megan Coffey assist him as manager and assistant…

Photography students behind the lens

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DOT yet to begin work on Vale bridge

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  Beam Lumber Road bridge destroyed in flooding in 2013   ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Almost a year has passed since Lincoln County’s flooding disaster last summer, which resulted in multiple road closures and infrastructure damage. While the North Carolina Department of Transportation has addressed most of the county’s storm…

Meet the Candidate: Martin Oakes

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    MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor   When Denver Republican Martin Oakes moved to Lincoln County in 1997, the intersection of Highways 16 and 73 had just received its first stoplight, and was home to little more than a gas station and a grocery store. The area has grown immensely…

Elections director makes case for precinct consolidation

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Elections held a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the proposed Precinct Consolidation Plan with the public. Board of Elections director Bradley Putnam presented the plan, which would consolidate the 28 precincts throughout the county to 23 precincts. At…

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