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Chris Carney to seek state senate seat

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Former Town of Mooresville commissioner Chris Carney announced on Thursday his intentions to take the District 44 North Carolina senate seat away from Lincoln County’s David Curtis. “This is not a campaign; it’s a call to action,” Carney, a Republican, said in a press release. “We…

Open house on tap for historic Mundy House

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Historical Association and members of the Eastern Lincoln County community will celebrate the opening of the Mundy House this weekend with a full schedule of activities that includes a ribbon cutting by the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, guest speakers, period woodworkers, a…

Commissioner Martin Oakes argues against appointments

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Commissioner Martin Oakes alleged biases connected with two different appointments at Monday night’s Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting. After fellow commissioner Alex Patton motioned to reappoint Jim Watson to the Lincoln Economic Development Association board, Oakes argued that the former superintendent should not be allowed…

Zoning makes bars, breweries unlikely for county or city

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer It was three or four months ago when Randy Hawkins, as often happens, received a call from an entrepreneur who expressed an interest in bringing a business to Lincoln County. But when the caller informed the zoning administrator he was contemplating opening up a craft brewery,…

Mayor John Gilleland: ‘Strong leadership needed for growth’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the last six years, Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland has served the community for three terms in what has been an eventful run as the leader of the city. While approaching the end of his tenure, Gilleland has reflected on what the city has accomplished and…

After lung transplant, Denver woman cherishes every breath

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Mary Scercy will be competing in the Donate Life “Transplant Games” in Cleveland, Ohio in June. The recipient of a double-lung transplant in 2010, she has begun the process of training for the event and is laser focused on being the best that she can be.…

Rotary club welcomes Rep. Patrick McHenry to new park

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club hosted Rep. Patrick McHenry on Friday afternoon for a tour of East Lincoln Rescue Squad Park. The park, nearing completion of its first phase, will have a playground area, shelter, walking trails and green space ready to go when it…

Broadcasting legend Doug Mayes dies at 93

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Broadcasting legend Doug Mayes, 93, died early Sunday morning after a battle with health issues, including a stroke that he suffered in March. Mayes told the Lincoln Times-News in an August interview prior to his induction into the Charlotte Broadcast Hall of Fame that he planned…

Lincolnton candidates focus on campaign strategy

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer In today’s political climate, it takes more than strategically placed signs, handshakes and a friendly smile to reign victorious in a run for office, at any level of government. It takes a well-planned cocktail of classic, proven methods as well as an effort to embrace modern…

City, county exchange fire coverage for debt collection

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The final pieces of an agreement between Lincolnton and Lincoln County will be set in stone Monday when county commissioners meet at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. In August, the county agreed to let the city control the invoicing of residents along Route 90, who use…