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Rock-N-Roll Fantasy: Local musician shares stage with metal legends

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Pumpkin Center-based guitarist Robbie Norris never dreamed as a 12-year-old picking up a guitar for the first time that at 47 he would share the stage with his heroes, heavy metal icon Judas Priest. “I only had one thing on my bucket list and that was…

Lincoln County benefits from increase in arts funding

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln County arts community will benefit from $7.1 million dollars in funding for the statewide Grassroots Arts Program. Through the new state budget for fiscal year 2016-17 signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, arts programs in all 100 counties will reap the benefits of the funding.…

Public hearing will address transportation projects

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A public comment meeting will be held tonight at the East Lincoln Community Center to help identify future transportation projects. The Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization and North Carolina Department of Transportation have proposed a ranking of projects being considered at the Division Tier of the project…

West Lincoln’s Keely Stempien crowned Apple Queen

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Keely Stempien was crowned as Lincoln County’s 38th Apple Queen on Saturday evening. The rising West Lincoln High School senior dazzled the audience and judges alike, claiming one of Lincoln County’s most prestigious titles at the young age of 17. “Whenever it was announced I honestly…

Boger City Fire Department welcomes two new firefighters

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Boger City Fire Department welcomed two new firefighters to its roster of full-time employees on Thursday with a badge pinning ceremony. Logan Sauceda and Colt Henderson were the finalists of 17 applicants that successfully navigated a written exam, a physical abilities test and a pair…

City Council approves contract for construction of First Federal Park

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council approved a contract with Howard Construction Company on Thursday evening and will now proceed with the construction of First Federal Park in downtown Lincolnton. However, some amenities have been removed from the original renderings after all four qualifying bids came in well above…

ELHA to host presentation on Brotherton family

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The East Lincoln Historical Association will host a presentation today on the historical significance of the Brotherton family to Lincoln County at the Mundy House in Denver. According to organizers and county historians, the Brotherton family serves as one of the county’s earliest settlers and relatives…

Westport project spurs debate in public hearing

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Residents of the Westport community came out in force for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners public hearing on a developer’s request to build more homes in the area. Westport Construction Partners is seeking to amend a conditional use planned development district to alter the layout…

Local authors unearth Denver history

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Concerns over new housing developments, growth and infrastructure have residents of eastern Lincoln County keeping a watchful eye on the future. However, two men have spent the past 18 months diving into the past, collecting photographs and memories, making sure the people of Denver and its…

Rep. Patrick McHenry holds town hall in Lincolnton

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry, the chief deputy whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, concluded his trip to Lincoln County by hosting a town hall meeting at the Lincolnton City Hall on Tuesday evening. McHenry began the meeting by addressing a handful of bills he’s helped pass…