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Athletes for Academics to return to Lincolnton Middle

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Eight months after finding success with the initial event, Lincolnton Middle School principal Dana Ayers is bringing back the school’s “Athletes for Academics” assembly Friday afternoon. Ayers, a second-year principal, launched the program in April by convincing seven current and former athletes to talk about the…

Curtis backs plan to void I-77 contract

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A Lincoln County lawmaker is asking the governor to make a last-minute decision to void the I-77 toll lane contract with a Spain-based company. David Curtis (R-Lincoln, Iredell, Gaston), in conjunction with Cornelius Republican Senator Jeff Tarte, Cornelius Republican Rep. John Bradford and Huntersville Republican Rep.…

Former Denver attorney indicted on 11 felonies

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A former Denver attorney was sent to jail Monday shortly after a grand jury returned 11 true bills of indictment. Peter Capece turned himself into the Lincoln County magistrate’s office just before 2 p.m, where he was charged with six counts of Class C felony embezzlement…

Lincoln, Gaston County to discuss potential 580-acre land purchase

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Officials from Lincoln County and Gaston County have called a special meeting for Tuesday to discuss the impacts associated with potentially purchasing a major plot of land residing in both counties. The topic of the meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m., will revolve around a 583-acre raw…

Commissioners approve $1.5 million land, building purchase

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The six long-vacant RB Cronland Building Supplies structures along Boger City’s Salem Church Road are now Lincoln County property following a unanimous vote at Monday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting. The purchase will cost the county just shy of $1.5 million and will provide it a…

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…

Mechanical failure results in Denver sewage spill

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Staff report A mechanical failure Wednesday morning resulted in a sewage spill of approximately 1,000 gallons into Lake Norman. The incident, reported in a Lincoln County Health Department press release, occurred at 9:50 a.m. on Sept. 30. Residents near 2392 Smith Harbor Drive in Denver were to receive pre-recorded alert…

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…

MAN WANTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man is wanted for raping a teen earlier this year, deputies said. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Friday afternoon seeking the public’s help in locating Jose Manuel Palafox Vasquez, 25, of 410 South Flint Street. Deputies said the suspect goes…

York County Sheriff’s Office releases footage of officer shooting involving Lincolnton man (video footage)

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant continues to show support for one of his agency’s deputies accused of shooting a Lincolnton man last month during a traffic stop. Earlier today, the York County Sheriff’s Office released video footage recorded on the officer’s dashboard camera during…

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