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Search begins for new Lincoln County fire marshal

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer At a county commissioner meeting earlier this month, Mike Futrell surprised county officials by announcing his retirement as Lincoln County fire marshal, effective at the end of November. The process for finding a new Lincoln County fire marshal is expected to begin this week. Futrell said…

State Sen. David Curtis stands by record for 2016 bid

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When he first heard rumblings a couple of months ago that a fellow Republican may challenge him for his State Senate seat, David Curtis forced himself to jumpstart his re-election campaign a lot earlier than he had originally anticipated. By the time former Mooresville commissioner Chris…

Nonprofit holds dedication for new DSS playground

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Members of a local nonprofit formally presented One Step At a Time Park to Lincoln County and the Department of Social Services during a dedication ceremony on Thursday. The celebration, held at the park’s location next to the DSS building, followed a year of fundraising by…

Republican leaders look for ‘balance’ in city government

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer While the Republican Party is well represented in Lincoln County government, an effort to gain leverage in Lincolnton through the Nov. 3 general election is something that Lincoln County Republican Party chair Jon Propst is passionate about. “I’m not sure that gaining one more (seat on…

Fundraising effort inspired by National Guard troops

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Last March, 167 troops from Lincolnton’s detachment of the North Carolina Army National Guard were deployed for a security mission in Bahrain in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, which includes the conflict in Afghanistan. A ceremony at the James C. Warren Citizens Center brought the community…

Another subdivision proposed for eastern Lincoln County

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Another subdivision is attempting to make its way into eastern Lincoln County. Included on the planning board’s agenda for its Nov. 2 Board of Commissioners meeting is a public hearing to discuss a proposal brought forth by Nest Homes. The developer is seeking preliminary plat approval…

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…