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Zoning makes bars, breweries unlikely for county or city

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer It was three or four months ago when Randy Hawkins, as often happens, received a call from an entrepreneur who expressed an interest in bringing a business to Lincoln County. But when the caller informed the zoning administrator he was contemplating opening up a craft brewery,…

Mayor John Gilleland: ‘Strong leadership needed for growth’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the last six years, Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland has served the community for three terms in what has been an eventful run as the leader of the city. While approaching the end of his tenure, Gilleland has reflected on what the city has accomplished and…

After lung transplant, Denver woman cherishes every breath

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Mary Scercy will be competing in the Donate Life “Transplant Games” in Cleveland, Ohio in June. The recipient of a double-lung transplant in 2010, she has begun the process of training for the event and is laser focused on being the best that she can be.…

Rotary club welcomes Rep. Patrick McHenry to new park

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club hosted Rep. Patrick McHenry on Friday afternoon for a tour of East Lincoln Rescue Squad Park. The park, nearing completion of its first phase, will have a playground area, shelter, walking trails and green space ready to go when it…

Broadcasting legend Doug Mayes dies at 93

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Broadcasting legend Doug Mayes, 93, died early Sunday morning after a battle with health issues, including a stroke that he suffered in March. Mayes told the Lincoln Times-News in an August interview prior to his induction into the Charlotte Broadcast Hall of Fame that he planned…

Lincolnton candidates focus on campaign strategy

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer In today’s political climate, it takes more than strategically placed signs, handshakes and a friendly smile to reign victorious in a run for office, at any level of government. It takes a well-planned cocktail of classic, proven methods as well as an effort to embrace modern…

City, county exchange fire coverage for debt collection

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The final pieces of an agreement between Lincolnton and Lincoln County will be set in stone Monday when county commissioners meet at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. In August, the county agreed to let the city control the invoicing of residents along Route 90, who use…

Ziggy Pockets’ blend of country, rap a hit in Denver

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Ziggy Pockets’ musical palette is as distinct as his stage name. Growing up a 1980s kid in rural Davis Creek, West Virginia, Pockets — born Zackary Meadows — found inspiration not only in classic country artists Waylon Jennings and Johnny Paycheck, but in West Coast rap…

Unstoppable: North Lincoln student vows to make a difference

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When he first learned of a significant problem facing his community, North Lincoln student Christian Boyles decided he needed to do something to correct it. And as he heard more about Christian Ministry’s dwindling food supply, Boyles asked what he could do to help. A sense…

Local firefighters gather supplies for Columbia

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A group of Lincoln County firefighters are reaching out to their brothers in Columbia, South Carolina, who are still recovering from flooding that resulted from storms that hit the Palmetto State more than a week ago. While fighting the floodwaters, some of those firefighters and their…