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Spooktacular back for another year of family fun

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer No word in the dictionary draws an audience quite like the word “free,” and Amy Wadsworth expects 2,000 or so to take advantage of a no-cost activity on Halloween in Vale. The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties will host its seventh annual Family…

Library, schools finalize partnership for digital access

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Public Library finalized a partnership with Lincoln County Schools this week that will enable all district students to receive online access to the library’s digital resources. The Students and Teachers Accessing Resources (STAR) program provides students with library research databases and language learning…

Developer donates spirit rocks to Lincoln County schools

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer It was during his daily commute that Jay Seymoure was struck with inspiration and a way to give back. Constantly driving back and forth from his home to his job site, the Trilogy Lake Norman general manager noticed large boulders sitting near the entrances of several…

Eagles eye first state volleyball title

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Lincoln Charter’s run to a state volleyball title ended prematurely last season. The Eagles plan on completing the mission this time around. Tenth-seeded Lincoln Charter (19-3) hosts No. 23 Bessemer City (12-11) at 3 p.m. Saturday looking to become the first from the school to win…

Group names Rep. Patrick McHenry in ethics complaint

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry is one of 11 members of Congress named in an ethics complaint lodged by Campaign for Accountability earlier this month. CfA, a nonprofit organization that claims to use “research, litigation and aggressive communication to expose malfunction and malfeasance in public life,” filed the…

Polls open for early birds in Lincolnton election

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The early voting period for the Nov. 3 Lincolnton election began on Thursday and while the polls at the James W. Warren Citizens Center will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, they will reopen on Monday and conclude on Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. Absentee ballots…

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,…