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County approves Oaklawn renovation

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After months of ongoing discussion, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a contract with Blue Ridge Enterprises and a 10-year lease with Communities in Schools regarding the Oaklawn building renovation. According to Randy Williams, principal planner for the Lincoln County Planning and Inspections department,…

Tillis makes local stop in final push to Election Day

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Senate candidate shares vision with voters at GOP rally ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Dozens of local Republicans gathered Saturday night to show their support for U.S. Senate candidate and current state Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, as well as several other local and state GOP candidates. The Lincoln County…

Man remembered for work on atomic bomb, space program

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer James Conrad Little was born in Lincoln County in 1912. By the end of his life, in 2002, Little left a legacy that included work on both the space program and the atomic bomb and, ultimately, a family that is proud to have called him its…

Trick-or-treating can be hard work

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Commissioners to hear revisions to Oaklawn plans

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will hear several motions regarding the Oaklawn School at a meeting tonight. According to an agenda item memorandum from the county’s Planning and Inspections Department, the county is currently in the process of renovating the former Oaklawn School building, with the…

Family marks 150th anniversary of the death of General Ramseur

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Descendants, historians and war re-enactors gathered together in Middletown, Virginia on Oct. 20 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death near there of Lincoln County native and Confederate Major General Stephen Dodson Ramseur. Erected in 1920, the monument to Ramseur was placed by the North…

Senate candidate Tillis coming to local GOP rally

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Staff report The Lincoln County Republican Party announced on Thursday that U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis will be attending the party’s “Take Back America Rally” at North Lincoln High School on Saturday. “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to have as our special guest U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis,”…

New director has big plans for city’s Business and Community Development department

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The city’s new Business and Community Development director has big dreams for Lincolnton. A Michigan native, Vickie Davis is planting her roots in North Carolina after spending 13 years working with Main Street organizations and downtown development authorities for communities in both Georgia and Iowa. “The…

County leaders celebrate Airlie expansion

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Staff report Members of the Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA), county officials and community leaders gathered Wednesday for a groundbreaking and dedication ceremony at Airlie Business Park in Denver. According to LEDA’s press release, the dedication ceremony celebrated the recent completion of Phase II, which has opened 57 acres of…

Feds: Father-son duo stole $11 million from clients

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Staff report A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Oct. 23 for an Iron Station man and his 72-year-old father, operators of a payroll company, for allegedly defrauding their clients of more than $11 million. James William Staz, 43, of Iron Station, and his father, William James Staz, 72,…