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Libertarian Nic Haag ready to shake up state senate race

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the fifth time in six elections, the candidate Lincoln County Republican voters help nominate for a state senate seat will not face competition from a Democratic challenger. That doesn’t mean, however, that either incumbent David Curtis or Mooresville native Chris Carney will be unopposed this…

Rock Fitness starts new year with new look

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer New televisions, a state-of-the-art free-weight room, a group fitness room expansion and fresh spin room floors highlight a series of renovations completed this year at The Rock Fitness’s North Aspen Street location. Not yet five years old, the gym now boasts 23,000 square feet of exercise…

Lincolnton focuses on search for new city manager

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton is wasting no time in initiating a search for a new city manager, a seat that hasn’t seen a change in nearly two decades. Hartwell Wright, a human resources consultant from the North Carolina League of Municipalities addressed the council on Jan.…

Cherryville man indicted for attempted murder

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Staff report A Cherryville man has been indicted on a charge of attempted murder by the Lincoln County grand jury. Nathan Monroe Myers, 39, of 2468 Bess Chapel Church Road, was charged with shooting into a vehicle occupied by two repo men on Dec. 8. He was charged on Monday…

King’s legacy alive in Lincolnton

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton came alive for three straight days in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy, his impact on civil rights and his message of love, understanding and equality. On Saturday night, The Lincoln County Coalition of Churches launched a Black and Gold Gala…

Candidate Rich Permenter banking on past experience

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Looking back, Rich Permenter would tell you Lincoln County voters chose correctly in the last Board of Commissioners election. But that doesn’t mean the 72-year-old Denver resident, who finished fourth out of four candidates in 2014, doesn’t want the public’s vote in March’s Republican primary. Rather,…

Girl Scout’s project improves East Lincoln Rescue Squad Park

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A local Girl Scout has spent much of the past eight months eagerly working to improve her community’s newest public amenity. Now, all that’s left to do around the six wooden fitness stations constructed at East Lincoln Rescue Squad Park is to place up a series…

County joins statewide 5k effort with local parks

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Parks and Recreation Department will join 13 other counties across North Carolina in a statewide endeavor to get people outside running and enjoying their local parks. The county will be one of the hosts to NCRPA Recre8 5K, a five-kilometer race sponsored by the…

Lincolnton man wins $168k in lottery

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Staff report The ticket was nearly two months old, but it still proved a winner for Lincolnton resident Dennis Williams. Williams purchased a Cash 5 ticket from the Times Turn Around on Aspen Street in Lincolnton back in November. On Nov. 16, his numbers were called to the tune of…

Community meeting set for Essex Homes 200-lot development

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A parcel of land along the east side of Highway 16 Business, originally targeted by Lincoln County Schools, is now the site of a proposed 70-acre, 200-lot single-family housing development. A community involvement meeting is now scheduled for Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the East…