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Our View — Bring on the growth

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Officials in Lincolnton and Lincoln County approved deals in the past week that will bring more than 300 new homes to the county. And…cue the delirious, petulant outrage about traffic and Charlotte’s expansion and people with the wrong last names moving to town. But the fact is that the county…

Stompin’ Good Time: Grape Stomp Festival kicks off

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With more than 80 vendors expected, featuring art, handmade crafts, woodturning, pottery, nursery plants, jewelry, quilts, homemade fudge and dips, WoodMill Winery will celebrate a near decade of fun as the Grape Stomp Festival kicks off on Saturday and runs through Sunday. What started as a…

New Asbury school nearly ready for students

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer As Lincoln County Schools prepares for a new school year beginning Monday, there is still some significant work to be done inside the brand new Asbury Academy. A dedication for the school originally scheduled for Thursday was postponed indefinitely while installers finish unpacking and setting up…

Neighbors push county for water access

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The showing was impressive and the voices were loud, but criticisms aimed in a variety of directions Wednesday were met with the cold realization that it could take thousands of dollars and nearly unanimous neighborhood support for some Denver residents to receive a connection to the…

Officers remain visible at schools

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The concept of a school resource officer was relatively foreign in the United States prior to the late 1950s. Initially, an SRO was used as way to facilitate a better relationship between young teens and law enforcement. A Flint, Michigan experiment during the Dwight Eisenhower presidency…

Airport business park could break ground in 2018

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A proposed business park addition to the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport could not only bring in new business to the area, but also much-needed tax revenue. A 2009 study initiated by the Lincoln Economic Development Association, Lincoln County Planning and Inspections and the City of Lincolnton…

Volunteers to come together to build YMCA playground

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer There is no long-term building plan for the playground that will soon sit across the street from the Lincoln County YMCA. Engineers and architects weren’t hired and the project wasn’t subject to a bidding process. Instead, it’s the product of a KaBOOM! playground grant, and its…

Criminal Charges — 8-21-15

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Criminal charges for August 21, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Brad David Shults, 37, of 341 Sunny Hill Dr. in Lincolnton was charged Aug. 14 with one count each of assault by strangulation and felony breaking and entering a building. Cody Wayne Hicks, 23, of…

OUR VIEW — No hunger

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Lincoln County is home to many nonprofits and charities that do wonderful work in the community, meeting the needs of those who are less fortunate. One of those needs, and perhaps the most important, is food. Christian Ministry of Lincoln County, located at 207 S. Poplar Street in Lincolnton, does…

Sheriff offers back to school safety tips

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Staff report Sheriff David Carpenter offered some safety tips for those youngsters who will be walking back and forth to school or their school bus stops this year: While walking, remember to always travel with a friend. Two heads are better than one, especially if there’s an emergency. A stranger…