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McHenry holds local town hall meeting

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) held a town hall meeting Thursday morning, answering questions from concerned citizens at North Lincoln High School. Questions ranged in topic, touching on the Iran nuclear deal, union pension cuts and the national debt. In all, about 15 people showed up…

Eagle Scout project serves dual purpose for twins

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An Eagle Scout project served a dual purpose while providing the community of Denver with an herb garden that complements the recently renovated “Mundy House.” Boger City-based Troop 73, led by scoutmaster Chris Faile, produced two Eagle Scout hopefuls that completed their requirements to achieve the…

Bluegrass band to perform in man’s honor

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The late Don Goodson was a music fan. He loved travel and to listen to traditional bluegrass and gospel acts that lit up the stage with passion, conviction and more than smidgen of talent. Goodson died earlier this year. “He loved bluegrass music,” said Cathy Davis,…

County board revises invocation policy again

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Commissioners opt for moment of silence after Muslim prayer   ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Duston Barto started Monday night’s Board of Commissioners session by becoming the first person to deliver a Muslim invocation at a Lincoln County government meeting. By the end of the night, commissioners passed a motion that…

It’s all about family for Teddy Houser Race Cars

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Teddy Houser grew up with racing all around him. He can’t remember a time when it wasn’t part of his life. “I would go to the drag strip with my dad,” he said. “It is how we would spend our weekends.” Henry Houser raced “Superstock” and…

Timken grant will help finish Phase One of Rescue Squad Park

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The fate of the East Lincoln Rescue Squad Park got an undeniable boost last month thanks to a sizable donation from an area business. The Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club Foundation was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Timken Foundation. That grant pushes the organization’s capital…

Poinsette: Lincolnton has incredible potential

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Republican city council candidate Gene Poinsette sees the potential of the city of Lincolnton. But he also thinks it will take new leadership to reach that potential. “You see it everywhere,” he said. “Bigger cities are developing communities that are like what we already have in…

East Lincoln’s Woodie crowned Apple Queen

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In front of a cheering sold-out crowd at the James W. Warren Citizens Center on Saturday, Madeline Woodie was crowned as Lincoln County’s 37th Apple Queen. The rising East Lincoln High School senior beat out 12 girls on Saturday to inherit Abby Hord’s title. Afterward, a…

Men die in murder-suicide

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Staff report A Cherryville man was shot and killed inside a home on Bates Avenue just after midnight on Friday. The victim was identified by law enforcement as Andy Heath Hartman, 40, who lived at the residence. The suspect in the killing was identified by a witness as Yates Franklin…

Muslim prayer to open county board meeting

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the first time since Lincoln County commissioners approved an all-inclusive prayer policy more than two months ago, a non-Christian speaker is scheduled to deliver an invocation at a county commissioner meeting. Duston Barto, who helped form Foothills Interfaith Assembly shortly after the policy was approved…