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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…

Businessman wants to build extreme sports park

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Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park planned for 105 acres in Lincolnton   ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A local businessman and former NASCAR team owner plans on turning a 101-acre vacant industrial plant into an extreme sports training campus and education facility unique to North Carolina. Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park will host…

Candidate Survey: City of Lincolnton primary

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Editor’s Note: The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of eight questions to candidates running in the Sept. 15 primary on the Democratic ticket in the City Council-Ward 2 election, the city’s lone primary. Their responses are listed below. How do you feel about the benefit package that the city provides…

Thanking our local heroes

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Emory: State finds no current violations at water treatment plant

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer According to Lincolnton City Manager Jeff Emory, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has ended its investigation of the practices of the city’s water treatment plant. “I received a phone call from Wes Bell from DENR on Friday and he communicated to me…

Patton won’t seek another term

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The man with the longest uninterrupted tenure as a Lincoln County commissioner has announced he will not be seeking a fourth term in office. In a press release distributed Wednesday, Alex Patton cited work, faith and family as reasons for stepping down from the elected position…

Brown relishes opportunity to play close to home

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton native and Nashville recording artist Saddle Brown is always excited to play close to his home in Lincolnton. While he spends time between Music City and Lincoln County, his industry showcase in Charlotte on Sept. 19, which is open to the public, is an opportunity…

Salaries for rookie cops in Lincolnton competitive with surrounding cities

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A comparative look at law enforcement salaries in surrounding municipalities suggests that Lincolnton is competitive with surrounding cities. The Lincolnton Police Department has had six officers resign in the past three months. Police Chief Rodney Jordan said salaries were a primary issue. The numbers are based…