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North Generals Boulevard talks progressing, project still over budget

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council received an update on the status of the proposed improvements at the intersection of East Main Street and North Generals Boulevard during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday. The intersection project, first introduced by members of the student advisory council several years…

Cherryville man charged with sexual assault of 4-year-old

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Staff report A Cherryville man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Luther Andrew Osborne, 31, of Whitworth Road, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with assaulting the girl, who is a relative, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.…

UPDATED: Officers investigating woman’s drowning death at YMCA

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Staff report Police detectives are investigating the drowning death of a 21-year-old woman at the Lincolnton YMCA. Yesenia Jimenez Linares worked as a lifeguard at the YMCA. Lincolnton Police Department officers said they received a call shortly before 7 a.m. on Thursday about a missing employee at the YMCA, located…

Denver man sentenced for murdering grandmother

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Staff report A Denver man will spend at least the next 20 years behind bars for murdering his 77-year-old grandmother in 2015. Chadwick Allen Bean, 40, of Beth Haven Church Road, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of Lucille Miller Punch on Feb. 22, 2015. He…

County budget proposal to include property tax increase

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A proposed property tax increase for Lincoln County residents sparked a lengthy discussion among county officials during a special called budget work session held on Friday. The meeting, the third of four annual retreats that guide County Manager Kelly Atkins through the process of developing the…

Firefighters set to ‘Fill the Boot’ for Muscular Dystrophy Association

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Members of the Lincoln County Fire Fighters Association will be at several locations on Saturday to collect donations for the annual Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The relationship between firefighters and the MDA spans more than 60 years, according…

City Council preps for April meeting

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will tackle an extensive agenda during their regular monthly meeting Thursday evening inside City Hall. The first item of significance on Thursday’s agenda involves reclassification within the city’s public works department to help offset the cost of the imminent move of South…

More East Lincoln development on the horizon

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Two potential East Lincoln housing developments were presented through zoning hearings conducted during a joint meeting between the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and the planning board on Monday night. The planning board reconvened without the commissioners for further deliberation following the hearings before voting on…

Sally’s YMCA launches program to benefit local charities

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Sally’s YMCA in Denver has launched its Spring Cleaning for a Cause initiative to benefit several Lincoln County charities. “We got the idea when the executive director of the East Lincoln Christian Ministry came to talk to us about the need in the community,” said Alisha…

Mechanic charged with car theft, ripping off customers

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with not performing work on cars that he was paid to do and with stealing a car. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Tyler Lee Gragg, 24, of Lineberger Road, is accused of stealing his grandfather’s truck and taking money up front…