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Lincoln Idol taking applications for second annual event

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Arts Council of Lincoln County is currently accepting applications for the second annual Lincoln Idol singing competition. Last year’s inaugural event saw a capacity crowd at the Lincoln Cultural Center’s Timken Performance Hall. “I was very pleased with the turnout and the weather did not…

Microbreweries on BOC agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners will likely approve a measure tonight setting the stage for microbreweries to operate in county areas heavily populated with other businesses. Microbreweries are currently only allowed in the general industrial district. A series of amendments to the county’s unified development ordinance, however, would…

Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame celebrates grand opening

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame opened the doors to its new home at the Lincoln Cultural Center on Friday with a gathering in the Timken Performance Hall followed by a tour and ribbon cutting by Lincolnton High’s legendary football standout Brat Stroup, who played…

Amy’s Closet expanding into Lincolnton

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A local business whose purpose it is to aid Lincoln County’s only battered women’s shelter will expand into Lincolnton this week. Amy’s Closet, a nonprofit resale and outreach boutique currently operating in Denver’s Westport Shoppes, will open a store at 201 S. Cedar Street on Tuesday.…

Another commercial development proposed for Denver

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The onslaught of approved residences on the eastern end of Lincoln County appears to have finally been met with an influx of interested commercial properties. A Tennessee developer has requested that 16.7 acres next to the Wal-Mart on Highway 73 be rezoned from transitional residential to…

Annual Rotary auction set for Saturday

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A series of unforeseen complications shortened the length and minimized the audience, but the Lincoln County Rotary Auction for Education will again take place this year with a six-hour event Saturday night. Traditionally, the auction has been a two- or three-day affair at the James W.…

Roundtable discussion, tour of Ramsour’s Mill on tap

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A roundtable discussion focusing on the American Revolution era and a tour of Lincolnton’s own Ramsour’s Mill battlefield is on tap for local historians and enthusiasts for that era of American history. The Southern Campaigns Revolutionary War Roundtable is an informal gathering of professional and amateur…

New motorcycle shop opens in Boger City

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A swift transition allowed Mike Head to quickly open up shop for himself, but it also meant putting off some long-awaited plans. Head bought out Trick 1 Motorsports’ ownership in the building at 2393 E. Main Street in Boger City and debuted as Magic’s Motorsports on…

State senators to introduce bill to cancel I-77 toll contract

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Three state senators plan on introducing legislation as soon as next week that may help push forward the cancellation of the state’s Interstate 77 toll contract. The bill, to be introduced by Republicans David Curtis (Lincoln, Iredell, Gaston), Jeff Tarte (Mecklenburg) and Andrew Brock (Davie, Iredell,…

Cherryville man arrested on murder charge

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Staff report A Cherryville man has been charged with murdering his 24-year-old girlfriend. Jeffrey Eaker, 26, is being held at the Gaston County jail without bond on a first degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of Lacey West. Officers responded to the shooting in the 1100 block…