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Lincolnton man charged with selling marijuana

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with selling marijuana. Dwayne Bercell Sledge Jr., 32, of 723 E. Sycamore Street, was arrested on May 4 by the Lincolnton Police Department on two counts of possession with intent to sell marijuana and two counts of sell and deliver marijuana. He…

Deputies ask for public’s help to locate runaway teen

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a runaway teen. Benjamin Lee Mack, II, 14, was last seen at his residence around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. He is described as a 5-foot-4, 240-pound…

Bill would change how airport handles contracts

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A bill making its way through the state House of Representatives would let the Lincoln County airport to enter into 50-year contracts, double the current 25-year terms allowed. “My understanding from conversations with LEDA, city and county government and county officials is that it is crucial…

Chick-fil-A breaks ground in Denver

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Staff report Eighteen weeks before it’s scheduled to open, Chick-fil-A gave Denver residents on Thursday afternoon a small taste of what’s to come. As 80-degree heat beat down on the Highway 73 dirt where the chicken establishment will soon sit, workers provided iced tea and lemonade to the 50 or…

Vehicle registration tax presents questions, officials provide answers

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A vehicle registration tax in the city of Lincolnton’s 2016-17 proposed budget has generated some negative feedback from citizens. On July 1, all North Carolina municipalities will have the authority to levy a tax of up to $30 per registered vehicle in accordance with state law.…

Craft breweries on BOC agenda

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Staff report Lincoln County commissioners will vote on a measure tonight that could pave the way to craft breweries opening in county areas heavily populated by businesses. The proposal, brought forth by county Zoning Administrator Randy Hawkins at prospective brewery owner Lisa D’Andrea’s request, would allow craft breweries in general…

Officers: Huntersville Man tried to meet 14-year-old for sex

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Staff report A Huntersville man has been charged with trying to meet what he thought was a 14-year-old for sex. Todd Michael Morrell, 39, of 14714 Lyon Hill Lane, is accused of chatting on social media with a Lincolnton Police Department detective who was posing as a 14-year-old. Detectives arrested…

Planning board votes against noise ordinance

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Staff report Lincoln County’s planning board nixed a set of proposed amendments to the county’s unified development ordinance that would make it more difficult for some commercial and industrial businesses, as well as racetracks, to operate. The changes, submitted by Hickory Grove resident Clint Hennessee, were suggested in response to…

Sex offender charged with failure to register

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Staff report A convicted sex offender has been arrested in Lincolnton on charges from Lincoln County and Catawba County related to registering his place of residence with authorities. Timothy Dwayne Self, 23, who lists his address as homeless, was allegedly staying at a residence in Lincoln County when he was…

Johnston steps down from Arts Council

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Executive Director Shelly Johnston has resigned from her position with the Arts Council of Lincoln County. Johnston, an active member in many capacities within the arts community in the area, accepted a position as a developmental director for Grandfather Mountain in Linville. “We will announce an…