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County to consider design services for Oaklawn building

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Architectural and design services for renovations to the historic Oaklawn building will be up for consideration by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during its meeting tonight. The project, which has been in the works for some time, will cost an estimated $685,000, of which…

Knights host tournament

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City approves permit for new business

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A new powder-coatings business can move forward with plans to make use of an existing Lincolnton facility following approval by the City Council Thursday night. The Lincoln Economic Development Association’s request on behalf of the company for a conditional-use permit to locate in the former…

Iron Station students get new playground with grant

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than 200 students in kindergarten through second grade piled on and around their elementary school’s new playground equipment Wednesday morning to take a surprise photograph of themselves with a giant signed thank-you banner for Times Oil, the company who funded one-third of the project.…

Chamber Expo a hit with local businesses

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LEDA celebrates industry

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln Economic Development Association kicked off its 10th-annual “Industry Appreciation Month” earlier this week, with events planned throughout October. An official proclamation signing was conducted on Tuesday for the celebrations, designed to show gratitude to the manufacturing sector and those “companies and workers…

Denver event aims to fight hunger

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Local and international hunger will be the topic of interest this weekend for the county’s eastern end. The annual East Lincoln area’s CROP Hunger Walk will commence 2 p.m. Sunday at Rock Springs Campground in Denver. The purpose of the yearly event is to raise…

Man charged with shooting vehicle

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lawndale man is accused of shooting a gun at a vehicle carrying his girlfriend and another woman over the weekend near the Lincoln-Catawba line, deputies said. Mickey Gene Mellon, 46, of 245 Boyles Road, allegedly fired shots at a Jeep Cherokee just before 5…

Young piano whiz coming to town

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  Umi Garrett, 13, set to play Cultural Center JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Barely a teen, Orange County, Calif., native Umi Garrett has already performed for audiences across the globe with her prodigy-like piano talent. From Germany to Italy, Latvia to Panama, the 13-year-old musician strikes piano keys at unbelievable…

County unemployment rate sees dip

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County saw a significant drop in its unemployment rate for August, according to the latest figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Wednesday. The number dropped more than one percentage point to 8.6 percent, down from 9.8 percent a month earlier.…