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Tillis defeats Hagan

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RALEIGH (AP) — Republican Thom Tillis unseated Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan on Tuesday, winning a lengthy, expensive race in North Carolina after linking Hagan to President Barack Obama and highlighting his own record of accomplishments while leading the state legislature. The former IBM consultant and architect of the GOP takeover…

Students honor veterans at G.E. Massey

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The students of G.E. Massey Elementary honored the nation’s veterans on Tuesday. Students from Pre-K to third grade stood at attention with their hands over their hearts through the Pledge of Allegiance and during an acapella rendition of the National Anthem, sung by members of the…

County approves Oaklawn renovation

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After months of ongoing discussion, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a contract with Blue Ridge Enterprises and a 10-year lease with Communities in Schools regarding the Oaklawn building renovation. According to Randy Williams, principal planner for the Lincoln County Planning and Inspections department,…

Tillis makes local stop in final push to Election Day

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Senate candidate shares vision with voters at GOP rally ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Dozens of local Republicans gathered Saturday night to show their support for U.S. Senate candidate and current state Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, as well as several other local and state GOP candidates. The Lincoln County…

Man remembered for work on atomic bomb, space program

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer James Conrad Little was born in Lincoln County in 1912. By the end of his life, in 2002, Little left a legacy that included work on both the space program and the atomic bomb and, ultimately, a family that is proud to have called him its…

Trick-or-treating can be hard work

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Commissioners to hear revisions to Oaklawn plans

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will hear several motions regarding the Oaklawn School at a meeting tonight. According to an agenda item memorandum from the county’s Planning and Inspections Department, the county is currently in the process of renovating the former Oaklawn School building, with the…

Family marks 150th anniversary of the death of General Ramseur

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Descendants, historians and war re-enactors gathered together in Middletown, Virginia on Oct. 20 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death near there of Lincoln County native and Confederate Major General Stephen Dodson Ramseur. Erected in 1920, the monument to Ramseur was placed by the North…

Senate candidate Tillis coming to local GOP rally

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Staff report The Lincoln County Republican Party announced on Thursday that U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis will be attending the party’s “Take Back America Rally” at North Lincoln High School on Saturday. “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to have as our special guest U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis,”…

New director has big plans for city’s Business and Community Development department

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The city’s new Business and Community Development director has big dreams for Lincolnton. A Michigan native, Vickie Davis is planting her roots in North Carolina after spending 13 years working with Main Street organizations and downtown development authorities for communities in both Georgia and Iowa. “The…