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Moms seek more secure schools

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  FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   Fears that school violence could spread to Lincoln County motivated two local moms to appear Tuesday before the Board of Education, calling for measures to increase security. “Since Sandy Hook, we moms and dads feel like our schools are sitting ducks for the next…

Solar farm gets green light from county

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Strata Solar received unanimous support Monday night from both the Lincoln County Planning Board and Board of Commissioners to move forward with plans for a solar facility in western Lincoln County. Several representatives of the company, the largest solar-farm developer in the state, were…

Conversation with a crash survivor

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Kayla Glenn was headed home this past fall from her shift at the Wal-Mart store in Hickory when a driver, who troopers said had been drinking and playing with her phone, crossed into Kayla’s lane and struck her vehicle, severely injuring the 21-year-old Lincolnton…

Former church leader due in court for sex offense

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton man and former music director at a Cherryville church will appear in a Lincoln County Superior courtroom today on accusations he was involved in a sex-related incident with a teen girl nearly a decade ago. Brandon James Carter, 33, of 4294 Royal…

Convicted sex offender charged for changing residence

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A convicted sex offender has been charged for failing to register his address with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies charged Kenneth Lee Rinck, Sr., with one felony count of failure to notify a change of address of a sex offender and placed behind…

Around Town — 1-9-13

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WEDNESDAY Exercise class The City of Lincolnton Parks and Recreation Department is currently holding the “Let’s Get Walking” exercise program. The W.M. Lentz Gym will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays to the public for the program. This year’s walking theme is “Journey to Alaska,” and each participant’s…

Criminal Charges 1-9-13

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following charges:   Jordan Nathaniel Sain, 19, of 2228 Cat Square Rd.in Vale was charged Jan. 3 with one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. No bond was set. Justin Alan Brown, 22, of 154 Brown Watterson Rd. in Cherryville…

Obituaries 1-9-13

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Walter Glenn Avery Mr. Walter Glenn Avery, age 83, of 325 South Cedar Street Lincolnton passed away on January 8, 2013. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013 in theWarlick Funeral HomeChapel with the Rev. Mike Davis officiating. Mr. Avery was a native of Lincoln…

City Council to weigh in on urban area transportation plan

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council will take up quite a few items during its regular monthly meeting Thursday night. First on the agenda is a public hearing on the Lincolnton Urban Area Comprehensive Transportation Plan, followed by an expected vote. The county’s Board of Commissioners…

County Commissioners to conduct hearings on zoning requests

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Public hearings on various zoning requests will be conducted during tonight’s meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. The first request, from Strata Solar, is regarding a conditional-use permit to establish a solar-power generation facility. The proposed 35-acre site is located on Tripple H Lane,…