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Gilleland to continue community service on chamber board

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When Lincolnton Mayor John O. Gilleland leaves behind a six-year tenure as the face of the city at a City Council meeting on Dec. 3, he will continue his service to the community as a member of the board of directors of the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber…

Jill Eaddy named county’s Woman of the Year

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Jill Eaddy had no idea she’d be awarded at last Thursday’s Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce banquet. But as Lincolnton Business & Professional Women’s Organization co-president Cathy Davis began to speak, it was clear the accolades to which she was referring could collectively belong to just…

Whitehouse extreme sports park up for public hearing

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer An extreme sports academy and a 302-lot subdivision highlight the lengthy list of rezoning proposals released last week that will get public hearings at an upcoming Board of Commissioners meeting. In late September, former NASCAR team owner Brittan Schnell faced criticism from neighbors displeased with the…

Man honored for work with Christian Ministry

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Assisting the less fortunate and helping out when he can has long been John Hall’s mantra. That dedication to service, while appreciated, had gone publicly unrewarded until last week. In a two-hour span Thursday night, Hall claimed two service awards in two different counties. Because of…

Toys for Tots continues local mission

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln County Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots drive is alive and well in Lincoln County as coordinator Sherry Trevino prepares for another successful Christmas season. “We are preparing for another good year,” Trevino said. “We have over 500 names (toy recipients) so far and…

Rescue Squad Park officially opens

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Club spent much of the past 13 years conceptualizing and fundraising for a goal, plotting and dreaming about what until recently had been just a plan. The organization’s efforts finally resulted in something tangible last week with the unveiling of the Denver/Lake…

Donations roll in for Christian Ministry food drive

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A small army of volunteers was busy inside the Christian Ministry food pantry in Lincolnton on Tuesday, caught up in a hectic rush to unload materials from trucks and sort boxes of canned foods inside a packed warehouse. An annual tradition was complete and the byproduct…

Boy’s model train collection impresses

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Nathan Wike isn’t the typical 6-year-old. His collection of railroad-related items is beyond the point of impressive. He has been fascinated with trains since he took his first ride on one in Kentucky as a baby. Today, his collection goes beyond model trains and the accessories…

Chamber of Commerce holds annual banquet

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Chamber of Commerce President Ken Kindley called Thursday’s banquet, the third one held at The Laboratory Mill, a success. More than 250 people were on hand for the yearly ceremony. Seven community members and two industries were presented with awards before Tennessee magician Matt Fore closed…

Lincolnton properties get historic landmark designation

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Nobody spoke during a series of public hearings, and commissioners presented little debate Monday before approving local historic landmark designation to three Lincoln County properties. But the process for achieving that status, Lincoln County Historical Association director Jason Harpe said, was much lengthier than a routine…