Bud Cesena

Five Republicans vie for two commissioners’ seats

DENVER – The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners hasn’t seen a Democrat elected since 1998 and that trend will continue in 2022. The lack of a Democratic challenger means the top two finishers from the field of five in the May 17 Republican primary will be elected to the board. Incumbents Bud Cesena and Milton Sigmon are each seeking a […]

Parents raise money for classroom air filters


DENVER — A group of parents at St. James Elementary School recently raised more than $10,000 for air filters placed in classrooms at the school to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  During the first week of school, Lincoln County Schools, which implemented a 30-day mask mandate Aug. 17, reported 37 COVID-19 cases. Denver schools had 10 cases altogether, with six […]

Commissioners OK budget, tax increase in 3-2 vote


LINCOLNTON — At their June 7 meeting, Lincoln County commissioners signed off on the county budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. It includes a 2-cent property tax increase, and 2.7-cent fire tax rate hike for the East Lincoln district. The board approved the proposal in a 3-2 vote, with Commissioners Carrol Mitchem and Bud Cesena dissenting.    ‘Smoke and mirrors’       […]

Denver residents oppose projected property-tax hike


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said a letter to county commissioners was from “members of the East Lincoln Betterment Association.” The letter was from three individuals, not the organization. Read the full letter here. LINCOLNTON — At their most recent budget workshop, Lincoln County commissioners proposed an increase on the property tax rate — a move that some […]

County likely to manage beach at Beatty’s Ford Park


LINCOLNTON – During their fourth meeting with Duke Energy, Lincoln County Commissioners came to the consensus that the county would manage the proposed swim beach at Beatty’s Ford Park. The project, still in the planning stage, will also include a fishing pier, additional restroom facilities and, possibly, office space for parks and recreation staff. Under the plan, county staff would […]

Denver residents can help shape future of Lincoln County parks   


DENVER – Lincoln County residents have a chance to weigh in on what improvements or additions they would like to see at parks and recreation facilities.  County commissioners, Lincolnton City Council members and parks and recreation staff are working with Hickory-based engineering firm McGill Associates to develop a master plan for area parks, and have created an online survey for […]