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Main Street business shut down for gas leak

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Employees evacuated a downtown Lincolnton store Tuesday morning after smelling natural gas, fire officials said. Individuals at Merle Norman, located on East Main Street, called 911 around 9:30 a.m. with report of a potential gas leak. According to Lincolnton Fire Department chief Mitch Burgin,…

Board approves two new building inspectors

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to approve two new building inspector positions. According to Director of Planning and Inspections Andrew Bryant, the inspectors currently on staff are struggling to meet the county’s rising inspection demands. Currently, each inspector averages 16.2 inspections…

Clerk, Board of Commissioners candidates voice views at forum

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County residents gathered at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver on Tuesday to participate in a candidate forum for the upcoming primary election. The forum, sponsored by the East Lincoln Betterment Association, featured the Republican candidates for the county’s Board of Commissioners and…

The toughest Easter Egg on the block

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West Lincoln senior headed to U.S. Air Force Academy

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer West Lincoln High School senior Matthew Mault is one of 1,200 students from across the country that will begin their college undergraduate career with the United States Air Force Academy this fall. “Well, my granddad was in the Coast Guard, and he always talked about that…

Lincolnton police captain ending storied career

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer As a young girl, Cindy Monday dreamed of suiting up in a uniform representing one of the most difficult public servant positions — that of a law enforcement officer. After a more than 30-year career, the Lincolnton Police Department captain and first African-American to be hired…

Crews to resurface US-321 in Gaston

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Staff report Starting Tuesday, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin closing sets of ramps along U.S. 321 as work continues on a $7.7 million resurfacing project in Gaston County. The ramp closures will start at 9 a.m. each day and are expected to continue through the end of the…

Rezoning, hires on agenda for commissioners

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday to discuss the fate of several rezoning and conditional use permit requests discussed a public hearing earlier this month. At the April 7 meeting, applicant Ralph Dickson requested permission to have a 0.92 acre parcel…

New store commits to healthy, local food

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   A Denver store featuring local healthy foods is holding its grand opening this weekend. The store, featuring the motto “Always Local, Never Long Distance,” is the creation of Lincolnton native Jeff Coffey. Family members Kyle and Megan Coffey assist him as manager and assistant…

Photography students behind the lens

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