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Council supports plan to move city election years

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council has voiced its support for a bill filed last month by state lawmakers that would move all municipal elections in North Carolina to even-numbered years, starting in 2022. Councilman Dr. Martin Eaddy, a Democrat, casted the lone dissenting vote on Thursday in…

Chamber launches fundraiser for building renovations

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce has launched a capital campaign to raise funds in support of much-needed renovations to the second story of the organization’s office building in downtown Lincolnton. “The membership has always been real good to the chamber,” former board of directors chairman…

Lincoln Charter considers $2 million expansion in Denver

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln Charter school board members will soon be voting to authorize construction of an addition to the school’s Denver campus. The addition will add approximately 15,000 square feet on two floors, including 12 classrooms, to be constructed on the west side of the building. The…

LHS production of ‘Aida’ opens Thursday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Students and members of the Lincolnton High School Drama Club, under the direction of Shane Stephens, are putting the finishing touches on the musical production “Aida.” Performances will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center. “Aida” is based on Giuseppe Verdi’s 19th-century…

Public speech permits up for hearing

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will conduct a public hearing tomorrow evening to discuss proposed changes to the city’s code of ordinances regarding public speakers at city events. The proposed ordinance, crafted by city attorney T.J. Wilson following a series of meetings with city officials and Lincolnton…

Sex offender charged in jailhouse assault

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Staff report An inmate at the Lincoln County jail has been charged with assaulting detention officers who were trying to move him from his cell. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Christopher Neil Chastain, 29, of Daybrook Court in Stanley, assaulted the officers as they tried to remove him from…

LTG production based on Battle of Ramsour’s Mill

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A new drama to be performed at the Lincoln Cultural Center, “Thunder Over Carolina,” will begin production with auditions on Sunday and Monday from 7-9 p.m. “Thunder Over Carolina” is a historical drama based on the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill, presented by the Lincoln Cultural…

Vale church founders celebrate 50 years

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Eight people from the Vale community got together in 1967 and decided to build a church. “We threw in our few pennies and started building,” said Fred Watts, who recently turned 90 years old. “It grew pretty good, we thought.” All eight were African Americans…

Development moratorium public hearing scheduled for tonight

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing tonight regarding a proposed six-month moratorium ordinance on residential development in the East Lincoln area. Freshman commissioner Rich Permenter, who prioritized a long-term plan for the growth of Lincoln County throughout his campaign, suggested the…

Relocation of county offices moving forward, price increasing

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The plan to move a number of county offices from the James W. Warren Citizens Center to the site of the former Lincoln County Hospital facility on Gamble Drive is progressing. In 2015, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved the relocation project. Since that time,…