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Lincoln included in fire ant quarantine

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Staff report Lincoln County and parts of Catawba County will soon be under state quarantine rules for the imported fire ant as part of a continuing effort to monitor the spread of the insect and address control measures. According to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the quarantine…

Hearing to be held on self-storage expansion

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Planning and Inspections Department will host a community involvement meeting Thursday night regarding a couple’s request to expand their self-storage facility. Danielle and Steven Maggs are requesting the rezoning of 0.73 acre from a neighborhood business to a conditional zoning general industrial to permit the expansion.…

Obituaries — 12-11-13

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Ula E. Gantt Ula “Udie” Folger Eller Gantt, 64, of Conover died December 8, 2013. A memorial service will be held December 12, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church Chapel in Conover. The family will receive friends on December 12, 2013 from 5 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. at…

Henderson ~ Stubblefield Engagement

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Michael and Janine Henderson of Lincolnton announce the engagement of their daughter, Hillaree Alesia Henderson of Lincolnton to William Christopher Stubblefield of Crouse. Hillaree is a 2008 graduate of West Lincoln High School, received CNA through Gaston College and currently works at Lakeshore Pediatric Center in Denver. Christopher is the…

Planning Board splits on solar farm

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Planning Board members shared conflicting viewpoints during Monday night’s meeting regarding the proposed construction of a solar farm in Denver. The Planning Board voted 4-4 to recommend county commissioner approval of Strata Solar’s solar farm, which has created controversy because of its proximity to SailView, an…

Officials suspect house fire was arson

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police believe an arsonist is to blame for a blaze that consumed a Lincolnton residence early Sunday morning while residents were out of town. Police issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, calling the incident suspicious in nature, particularly after area residents told officers they spotted a…

Assault victim speaks out

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton resident Jesse Mace said he and his family will never forget an incident from earlier this month in which a father and son allegedly beat him with cement blocks. Deputies have charged Esteban Cavillo Pascual, 46, and his son Esteban Calvillo Estrada in the incident,…

Lincolnton attorney to chair Golden LEAF Board of Directors

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton attorney Johnathan L. Rhyne, Jr. has been elected to serve a two-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Golden LEAF Foundation. According to their website, the Golden LEAF’s mission is “to promote the social welfare of North Carolina’s citizens and to…

Christian Ministry Christmas Fund lagging behind past years

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While a total of 15 Lincoln County schools participated in the school system’s annual canned food fundraiser for Christian Ministry this season, donating more than 20,000 items, organization officials said the nonprofit remains thousands of dollars behind compared to the Christmas Fund total this time last…

Reader’s Forum

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Thanks for help during Christmas parade  The leaders and children from Southside Baptist Church would like to thank everyone that assisted us when our van would not start at the Christmas Parade on Sunday. So many people came quickly to assist us. The children as well as the adults that…