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‘Talon Challenge’ continues support of cancer research

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the sixth successful year, two rival charter schools have combined their efforts to raise money for cancer research via The V Foundation. “With 100 percent of V Foundation funds going to cancer research and their obvious connections to North Carolina, we feel that this is…

Area fathers commit to ‘All Pro Dad’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer In a fast paced society where time can be more valuable than money, a Lincoln County chapter of a national program called “All Pro Dad” was established three years ago and has flourished and expanded into eight Lincoln County elementary schools. An icy and treacherous morning…

Westport community celebrates half century of growth

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Lake Norman community of Westport will celebrate 50 years of prosperity and growth in 2015, the anniversary of the Denver neighborhood’s humble beginning in 1965 to its current stature as a charming and attractive base for young families and retirees alike. “I can remember when…

Civil rights leaders: Still a long way to go

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Staff report Two organizers of Lincoln County’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events said that although progress has been made since the dawn of the Civil Rights movement, there is still plenty of room for growth locally. Both Debra Williams, president of the Lincoln County NAACP, and Rev. Stephen Wingate,…

Suicide attempts behind bars below U.S. numbers

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As recently as 2010, 33.2 percent of county operated jails across the country reported deaths that were the result of an inmate taking their own life. The act of suicide in prison or jail knows no age limit, as equal rates of prisoners in all age…

Lincolnton native shows moxie in music career

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Country music artist Tammie Davis has never backed down from a challenge or ignored the fine details in anything she has ever set out to accomplish. “I believe that attention to detail and discipline is what sets you apart from others. I learned that from the…

McHenry named vice chairman of committee

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Staff report Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) was named vice chairman of the House Financial Services Committee by chairman Jeb Hensarling on Wednesday, according to a press release McHenry’s office issued Thursday. McHenry, who also serves as the chief deputy whip in the House, “led the committee’s efforts to investigate…

City moving forward with debt collection

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Collection efforts by the City of Lincolnton are proceeding in an attempt to collect $88,000 in debt by sewer customers on “Route 90.” “We are hoping that the state’s ‘debt set off program’ can resolve much of that debt as tax season approaches,” said city finance…

Man beaten with shotgun during home invasion

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a home invasion and assault that took place at a home on the county’s eastern end on Saturday. Deputies said the victim, Robert G. Sholette, II, was awakened in his home on Starboard Lane in Stanley shortly before midnight when a…

Public sounds off on Rivercross

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The community of Denver was well-represented Tuesday night as a second public meeting was held to discuss concerns over a proposed East Lincoln retail and residential development. Plans for Rivercross, a hulking mixed-use development was submitted to Lincoln County in April by Southeastern Land Development, LLC.…