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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 A new pool was installed and opened in mid summer, years after the old one had been closed due to outdated…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…

Local legislators defend Medicaid privatization

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer General Assembly legislators leapt over perhaps the session’s final big hurdle last week, approving Medicaid privatization while delaying many of its changes. The hopes are that the change from per-visit payments to up-front per-patient payments will provide the state a clearer idea of what the program…

Three seriously injured in weekend crashes

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A mother and her two daughters are in critical condition after the vehicle that Rebecca Walsh was driving ran off of the road and dropped into the median and rolled several times, ejecting the children, ages 3 and 11, from the SUV. According to the North…

Crop walk merges local, global missions

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A tradition for more than 20 years, the East Lincoln Crop Walk for Hunger will take place on Oct. 4 and will begin the annual trek at Rock Springs Campground in Denver. The funds raised through the event will benefit the overall work and ministry of…

Lincolnton man facing more child porn charges

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Staff report A 37-year-old Lincoln County man arrested on Aug. 27 on charges that he possessed child pornography has been served with five additional felony child pornography charges by Gastonia police. Daniel Lee Rathbone, of 1483 Rhodes Rhyne Road in Lincolnton, was served five more felony second degree sexual exploitation…