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Sheriff’s Office detective lives musical dream with 20 Ride

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When Zac Brown Tribute act “20 Ride” takes the stage on Jan. 23 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton, the show will benefit the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Fraternal Order of Police and the work that the organization does in the community. For Lincoln County…

Public to receive update on county office move

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County manager Kelly Atkins will present the public with another update in the coming weeks on the county office move commissioners green-lit back in April. Since commissioners gave their final approval, the county moved ahead with adopting a plan to demolish, picked an architectural firm…

Neighbors vow to fight extreme sports park

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Residents of Lincolnton’s Hickory Grove neighborhood are not satisfied with the results of a December sound study conducted at a nearby industrial facility. Brittan Schnell invited county employees, planning board members and select neighbors on Dec. 18 to the proposed Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park, where the…

Animal Services hopes to ‘empty the shelter’

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A new year means new goals for Lincoln County Animal Services. All dog adoptions will cost $40 in January. Cats will continue to cost $20 in a drive LCAS calls its “Empty the Shelter Initiative.” “Our goal is to definitely empty it,” Animal Services Director David…

Be The Match: Denver FD supports teen with leukemia

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Denver Fire Department is hoping a weekend event will end with a match for a Denver teen who needs a bone marrow transplant. In partnership with “bethematch.org,” the Denver Fire Department is hosting a bone marrow typing drive on Saturday at their facility. The event…

Year in Review: 2015

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Editor’s Note: Each year, we take a look back at some of the top news stories in Lincoln County. These are some of the stories we felt had the greatest impact on the county or were the most significant to our readers. — M.G. Braylon Beam Braylon Beam is Lincoln…

Director tackles first production in ‘Adam and Eve’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer While the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s production of Mark Twain’s “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” doesn’t mark Lincolnton’s April DeGregory’s first hand in producing community theater, it does represent her first directing credit. “Pete (April’s husband) and I generally just dive in together and I have…

Hatley: Lincolnton must be aggressive in moving forward

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton Mayor-elect Ed Hatley has wasted no time in evaluating the needs of the city after being sworn into office earlier this month. “We must be aggressive,” he said. “There is no room for a passive attitude and I intend to move forward and address the…

Curtis, Carney set for Senate primary

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Chris Carney will be the only major party contender challenging incumbent Sen. David Curtis for a third term in Raleigh. Carney, a Mooresville Republican, held the seat in late 2011 following Jim Forrester’s death and relinquished it in January 2013, after Curtis defeated him in a…

New clinic will offer eye care to the needy

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer David Curtis announced his retirement from Carolina Eye Care on Tuesday, the same morning he debuted a free clinic at Westport Baptist Church. Curtis, who represents Lincoln County in the North Carolina Senate, will step aside from his part-time job at the practice he founded in…