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Lincolnton election events on tap for county Republican Party

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the Lincoln County Republican Party, the opportunity to put GOP candidates in front of as many voters as possible has become a priority in the run up to Lincolnton’s municipal election on Nov. 3. “We feel that these scheduled events can do that,” party chairman…

Humane Society program working to keep unwanted pets out of shelters

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Humane Society of Lincoln County has eclipsed 10,000 spays and neuters since 2000, according to representatives from the organization. According to spay/neuter clinic coordinator Diane Leatherman, the nonprofit passed that mark in March, though there is still some work to be done. “I wish it…

State investigating Lincolnton Fire Department assistant fire chief for missing money at local Burned Children Fund

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The State Bureau of Investigation has launched an inquiry into allegations that Lincolnton Fire Department assistant chief Bill Fortenberry committed “financial crimes” related to his duties as the treasurer of the Lincoln County Chapter of the North Carolina Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund. Bryan Lynch, a Boger…

Apple Festival gets back to its ag roots

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the first time since it started the event 33 years ago, the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension did not assist in coordinating this year’s Apple Festival. That doesn’t mean, however, that the organization won’t have a visual presence at tomorrow’s festivities. Cooperative Extension will utilize the…

School board land purchase may face county opposition

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education agreed to ask the county for its blessing in combating a population problem earlier this month. Getting the money it’s seeking, though, isn’t a sure thing, according to county commissioners. At its meeting Sept. 8, the school board decided to move…

Livestock business reopens under new name, Vale ownership

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The 12-acre plot in Shelby, known to many in the community as “Shelby’s Livestock Yard” has seen change come in the form of an overhaul and a fresh, new look. Under new ownership and staff, the “Cleveland Livestock and Agriculture Exchange” officially opened its doors on…

Cloninger wins Dem nomination

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton’s Ward 2 councilman Dr. John “Les” Cloninger is one step closer to retaining his seat within city government after defeating fellow Democrat Larry Houser in Tuesday’s primary election. After all seven precincts reported, Cloninger garnered 319 votes to Houser’s 141. “I just want to thank…

Father and son share joys of racing

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincoln County modified go-kart racer Skyler Chaney has been running at the front of the pack. He has won 14 poles and 11 main events while racing in the mini outlaw wing kart series at Woodleaf Speedway in Woodleaf and Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury. “I like…

State House, Senate reach budget accord

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Nearly two and a half months after its original deadline, North Carolina’s General Assembly has agreed to a budget compromise. The deal, a $21.735-billion agreement, comes with an increase in state employee and beginning teacher pay, a restoration of driver’s education and teacher assistant funding and…

Planning board votes against rezoning Denver business

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s planning board voted unanimously to recommend denying an amendment presented by residents of a Denver neighborhood, in the process thwarting an attempt to rezone a nearby business. The Monday vote followed a petition from several residents of Denver’s Forest Oaks neighborhood to rezone Universal…