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City, county officials prepare for Joaquin

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer An atypically dry summer still has Lincoln County in a state-declared severe drought advisory, but a fast-approaching hurricane could rapidly change things and put much of the region in a state of emergency. The National Weather Service has placed Western North Carolina under a flash flood…

Officers: Man sold prescription drugs

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Staff report A Lincolnton man was arrested Monday on 15 felony drug charges by the Lincolnton Police Department. Officers said in a press release that Michael David Caskey, 56, of 702 South Laurel Street, was arrested after a nine-month investigation. The investigation began after citizen complaints about Caskey and his…

Denver Days adds more family fun

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With a dozen years of success under its belt, the Denver Days festival, which opens today, has become a welcomed annual event for eastern Lincoln County and has continued to draw crowds from beyond the county lines. “We have found that the reach of Denver Days…

New 300-home development proposed for eastern Lincoln County

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer If a new proposal for Stanley is any indication, growth on the eastern end of Lincoln County isn’t halting in the near future. Eastwood Homes has submitted an application to turn a 155-acre plot on South Highway 16 Business into a single-family subdivision with room for…

Lincoln Country Club moves forward with renovations

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Opened in 1946, the Lincoln County Club has gone through some positive changes over the last several months after an ownership change in late 2014. A new pool was installed and opened in mid summer, years after the old one had been closed due to outdated…

Rep. Patrick McHenry to seek majority whip nod

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In an email to Republican colleagues, Rep. Patrick McHenry made official his intent to seek a political promotion on Tuesday. McHenry, who serves North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, formally announced his plan run for House majority whip. “We need a new leadership team that is committed…

Permit request for new pharmacy on city agenda

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A request for a conditional use permit will be on the table for review, discussion and possible approval for a new pharmacy in Lincolnton when the City Council meets on Thursday. Lincolnton Main Street, LLC has made the request for the permit, which would facilitate the construction of…

Chamber Business Expo set for Thursday

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce will host its 12th annual business expo Thursday in an event free and open to the public. The Lincoln Times-News is the presenting sponsor for the expo, which will be held at the Laboratory Mill for a third straight year. Doors open at 3 p.m. and…

McHenry challenger woos local voters

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Andy Millard: It’s time to unseat career politicians ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer It was clear as Andy Millard walked into Lincoln County’s Democratic headquarters Friday evening that the elements hadn’t derailed his plans. The precipitation that had fallen most of the day was present in Millard’s drenched raincoat. It was…

Lenoir woman wins Lincoln Idol

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer She was the last singer in a round of 10 for the finals of the first ever Lincoln Idol competition. It wouldn’t have mattered how the order was jumbled or restructured. LaRhonda Carlton was that good. Her passion, soul and undeniable talent would have been enough…