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Patton won’t seek another term

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The man with the longest uninterrupted tenure as a Lincoln County commissioner has announced he will not be seeking a fourth term in office. In a press release distributed Wednesday, Alex Patton cited work, faith and family as reasons for stepping down from the elected position…

Brown relishes opportunity to play close to home

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton native and Nashville recording artist Saddle Brown is always excited to play close to his home in Lincolnton. While he spends time between Music City and Lincoln County, his industry showcase in Charlotte on Sept. 19, which is open to the public, is an opportunity…

Salaries for rookie cops in Lincolnton competitive with surrounding cities

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A comparative look at law enforcement salaries in surrounding municipalities suggests that Lincolnton is competitive with surrounding cities. The Lincolnton Police Department has had six officers resign in the past three months. Police Chief Rodney Jordan said salaries were a primary issue. The numbers are based…

Exhibit for award-winning watercolor artist comes to Gallery 27

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Beginning Sept. 26, Lincolnton’s Gallery 27 will host an exhibit for regional award-winning watercolor artist MC Churchill-Nash. Nash, a resident of Rock Hill, South Carolina, has spent most of her life creating. She has chosen to listen to her heart’s desire and follow her passions. “My…

School board OK’s land purchase in Denver area

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education approved a measure on Tuesday that could help ease space concerns at schools in the eastern end of the county. The board was unanimous in approving a contract to purchase $1.5 million in land, likely along Highway 16 in Denver. County…

Speedway owner keeps dirt track hot in Stanley

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer As a child, Bob DeLia had lofty hopes. But as he grew older, the Long Island, New York native realized his first goal wasn’t attainable at an early age and wasn’t really practical later on. “When I was a kid I wanted a hot rod, couldn’t…

Deputies: Pair had meth lab in truck

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Staff report Two Crouse residents, one of them a convicted felon, have been accused of possessing a meth lab by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they found a “one-pot” meth lab in a vehicle near the 3500 block of Oakdale Lane in Crouse on Sunday. Bobby Ray Martin,…

Poker run will benefit fund for burned children

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer It’ll take about six hours to complete a hand of poker on Saturday, though a bit of patience is expected for a good cause. The Lincoln County Chapter of Firefighters Burned Children Fund will host a poker run beginning at 10 a.m. at Stanley’s East Lincoln…

State investigation of water plant may begin this week

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A state investigation of the practices of the City of Lincolnton’s water treatment plant could happen as early as this week, according to a representative of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office in Mooresville. The investigation into the practices of the…

Boger City Fire Department loses ‘quiet leader’ in Mike Hill

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Boger City Fire Department lost one of its own when Mike Hill passed away early Saturday morning after a long battle with liver cancer. Hill, 57, began his career in 1975, on his 18th birthday. He served 23 years as the fire chief, following in…