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Candidate Survey: Rhyne & White

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  Editor’s note: Republican incumbent Devin Rhyne and Democrat Mary Frances White are seeking election to Lincolnton’s Ward I seat on the City Council. Rhyne is currently serving out the remainder of his first term on the Council. The Times-News submitted 10 questions to each of the candidates in the…

Candidate Survey: Eaddy & Thomas

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  Editor’s note: Democrat Martin Eaddy and Republican Jay Thomas are vying for Lincolnton’s Ward III seat on the City Council, currently held by Democrat Carroll Heavner. Heavner, a former Mayor of Lincolnton, is the longest-serving official in Lincolnton’s history and is not seeking reelection. The Times-News submitted 10 questions…

Candidate Survey: Mayor Gilleland

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  Editor’s note: Republican incumbent John Gilleland is running unopposed for the office of Mayor. The Times-News submitted 10 questions to each of the candidates in the upcoming city elections. Gilleland’s responses are listed below.   Why are you running for office? Gilleland: I am running for re-election because I…

Ultralight instructor goes up in the air

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Flying has always been a part of James Peeler’s life. The owner of Northbrook International Ultraport, located at 2491 N.C. 274 in Cherryville, Peeler spends much of his time in the air. “You don’t think of any of your ground-bound problems,” he said. Peeler is…

Lincoln Republicans appoint new chairman

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The local GOP has named a new chair to lead the party following Bradley Putnam’s departure from the post last month to take over as elections director for Lincoln County. Jon Propst, Lincoln County GOP Men’s Club president, was unanimously selected Monday night by…

Pair of elephants come to Buffalo Beals

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Buffalo Beals Animal Park in Maiden received two 5,000-pound guests this week. Cora, a 52-year-old Asian elephant, and Shannon, an African elephant in her 30s, arrived at the 40-acre Catawba County property on Monday, according to owner Terry Beal, who heads the business with his…

Early voting for city elections begins soon

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   One-stop voting for the Lincolnton municipal election gets underway Thursday. Those planning to vote early may do so on the second floor of the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays through Nov. 1. While closed…

Willow Creek holds Native American Night

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Fire departments educate on safety

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One Lincoln County fire department used Fire Prevention Week this month to educate the community on kitchen fires and the need for keeping residential smoke detectors working. According to Lincolnton Fire Chief Mitch Burgin, his agency has already responded to more than 1,500 emergencies this…

Killian honored for conservation

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Kay Killian, an assistant district attorney in Lincoln County, was recently presented with an award for her efforts to help preserve local lands. The Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission named her the recipient of its 2013 “Blue Fin Award,” handed out annually to recognize…