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Lincolnton woman wins Lincoln Idol

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The most talented singers from Lincoln County and other surrounding areas gathered at the Lincoln Cultural Center this past weekend to stake their claim as the 2016 Lincoln Idol. Courtney Chay, a local woman born and raised in Lincolnton, hit all the right notes in a…

Lincoln County GOP announces election events

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln County Republican Party has announced fundraising events that will be held prior to the November election. County party chairman Jon Propst said party officers are available for anyone in the community that needs information. “Our headquarters are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.…

County continues to show support for fallen Shelby officer

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincolnton Police Department launched a collaborative raffle to raise money for the family of slain Shelby police officer Tim Brackeen last week that, so far, has been a resounding success. The Lincoln County community came out in droves at…

Pay increase for Lincolnton employees ‘likely’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton officials are discussing a plan that would lead to pay increases for nearly all city employees after a study showed the city lagging behind other similar municipalities. “I think the study is a major step in the direction of solving our salary compression problem we…

Man charged with break-in, assault

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with breaking into a woman’s home and assaulting her. Lincolnton Police Department officers said Johnny Ray Izard, Jr., 24, broke into a woman’s home on North Aspen Street, assaulted her and held her against her will on Sept. 15. Officers responded to…

Leadership experience drives Permenter campaign

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Republican Lincoln County Board of Commissioners candidate Rich Permenter has a long history of successful leadership and he believes that he has something special to offer the citizens of Lincoln County, a place he chose to call home 13 years ago. “Lincoln County is the first…

Unox, Inc. to relocate U.S. headquarters to Lincoln County

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved an industrial development incentive grant during Monday evening’s meeting that will bring the world’s largest commercial oven manufacturing company to Lincoln County. Unox, Inc., headquartered in Italy, will relocate its United States headquarters to Lincoln County from Newtown, Pennsylvania.…

Rose show returns to Lincolnton

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer For the first time since 2003, the Cleveland/Lincoln County Rose Society’s annual rose show will return to Lincolnton’s James W. Warren Citizens Center. Organizers said they believe the 43rd annual event on Saturday will be a successful day of appreciation for the work of many master…

Lincolnton businesswoman announces plan to run for mayor

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Lincolnton businesswoman has said that she will register with the Lincoln County Board of Elections and run for mayor of Lincolnton in 2017. Caroline Brown, 44, owns four downtown businesses including The Renaissance Gypsy, Renaissance Realty & Estate Sales and Caroline’s Auction Company. She said…

Denver Art Trail features top community artists

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The 11th annual Denver Art Trail is back and better than ever with seven stops scheduled throughout eastern Lincoln County, featuring approximately 30 local artists. The self-guided tour invites guests into studios and exhibition spaces with the unique opportunity to view and purchase original artwork while…

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