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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy

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McHenry: Keep scaling back Dodd-Frank

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor When Rep. Patrick McHenry visits North Carolina’s 10th congressional district, he always hears concerns from his constituents about jobs. From his new position as the vice chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced Jan. 15, McHenry said he hopes to play a part in Congress…

Bolick recalls short but memorable hardball journey

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lifetime Lincoln County resident Steve Bolick can’t remember a time when baseball wasn’t a part of his life. When he wasn’t playing or teaching the game in some capacity, he was watching — and still is. Bolick, 75, remains sharp and quick witted with a hearty…

Another solar farm proposed for county

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Another solar farm will soon be on the agenda for Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners, though it’s unlikely that this one will generate as much public pushback as one proposed in 2013 that drew the ire of residents of SailView, a high-end development on Lake Norman.…

Deputies: Man called escort service prior to home invasion

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Staff report An eastern Lincoln County man who was pistol-whipped and robbed at gunpoint during a home invasion made phone calls to several escort services the night of the incident, deputies said. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the Jan. 10 home invasion uncovered information that the homeowner made…

‘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…