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Candidate Survey: North Carolina Senate District 44

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Editor’s Note: The Lincoln Times-News submitted a series of 10 questions to the two candidates running for the Republican nomination to compete for the District 44 State Senate seat — incumbent Sen. David Curtis and challenger Chris Carney. Their responses are listed below. — Michael Gebelein, Managing Editor.   Why…

Lobster Dogs Food Truck coming to Food and WineFest

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A vendor with flavors to whet the palette of seafood lovers will be present at the Lincolnton Food and WineFest on April 23. Denver resident Chris Yelton took a vacation to New York, his first trip to the Big Apple, and while he was there, he…

Lincolnton businessman mixes Super Bowl trip with service

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For 38 years, Jim Young has been dispensing hearing aids across the state of North Carolina and, for the last 21, he’s made it a point to not miss one Carolina Panthers home game. The owner of Lincolnton-based Best Value Hearing Care Center combined both of…

Deputies: Conover man had quarter-pound of marijuana

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Staff report A 20-year-old Conover man has been charged with possessing a quarter pound of marijuana. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Griffin Douglas Sheppard, of 2490 Eagle Drive, on Monday after a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 73 in Denver. Detectives searched his vehicle…

Local legislators vow to reverse Charlotte LGBT ordinance

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s two state legislators vow to reverse the decision by Charlotte’s 11-person City Council on Monday night to provide discrimination protections to the city’s gay, lesbian and transgender population. After listening to three hours of public opinion on both sides of the aisle, the council…

Humane Society: No-kill a ‘loaded gun’ aimed at county budget

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A pair of Humane Society of Lincoln County volunteers pleaded their case for a new animal ordinance on Monday, but not before decrying a method endorsed by another local animal advocacy group. “I believe the no-kill equation, although popular in many areas, is not designed for…

Back in Black: City council welcomes back former mayor

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When Mayor Ed Hatley broke a tie with a vote that brought attorney David Black back into city government, Black knew what he was in for — having served as both city attorney and mayor in the past. Dr. John “Les” Cloninger approached Black about serving…

Stanley man charged with possessing sawed-off shotgun

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Staff report An eastern Lincoln County man has been charged with possessing a sawed-off shotgun. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of Highway 16 Business around 2 a.m. on Sunday in response to a call about shots being fired. Officers located two men who had…

Candidate forum set for Tuesday in East Lincoln

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Just a day before candidates in local elections are set to take the stage at the East Lincoln Community Center, a longtime Lincoln County commissioner has yet to confirm his attendance. Carrol Mitchem, who breezed to a first-place finish the last time his seat was up…

Gaston College could net nearly $6 million if bond referendum passes

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Gaston College stands to receive $5.9 million if North Carolina voters approve the $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum next month. About $4 million of GC’s funding would go toward building a new Veterinary Technician building near the Dallas campus that would give students more than…