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County to explore moving courthouse to old hospital, keeping other offices downtown

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Commissioners voted Tuesday to change gears on the plan to relocate county offices to the former Lincoln County Hospital and instead focus on finding a new home for the county’s judicial system. Commissioners instructed county staff to evaluate the feasibility and cost…

Deputies asking for public’s help to locate missing girl

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Update: Deputies reported Saturday morning that Pelletier returned home safely. Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 14-year-old girl. Sophie Anne Pelletier was last seen on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 27 at Lincoln Charter School’s Denver campus at 7840…

Main Street restaurant burns

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Staff report A fire caused traffic to be interrupted in Lincolnton on Friday morning as China 1, a restaurant located at 1411 East Main Street, became engulfed in flames shortly after 10 a.m. The grease fire, which began in the restaurant’s kitchen, traveled through the cooking hood and into the…

Commissioners will revisit Denver solar farm vote

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will soon have to revisit its 2013 vote against a rezoning application for a solar panel farm in Denver. The owners of the land on Webbs Road where the proposed 36-acre solar farm would be built by Strata Solar — Gary,…

Family mourns murdered Denver woman

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An elderly Denver woman who was the victim of what the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is calling a homicide has been identified as Lucille Miller Punch, 77, of 482 Beth Haven Church Road. Punch was found deceased by her son-in-law on Feb. 22 after she had…

Child struck by car in Maiden

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A child was struck by a car on Feb. 23 in the 500 block of Main Street in Maiden. Emergency personnel, along with the Maiden Police Department, responded via 911 calls regarding the incident. Initial information provided by the Maiden Police Department indicated that the victim…

Deputies investigating first homicide of 2015

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UPDATED: Deputies have identified the victim as Lucille Miller Punch, 77, of 482 Beth Haven Church Road in Denver. Her body was sent to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for an autopsy. Staff report The body of a 77-year-old Denver woman who was stabbed to death was discovered by her son-in-law…

Vale man arrested for impersonating officer

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Staff report A Vale man has been accused of pretending to be a cop after threatening to arrest two people during a dispute at a gas station in western Lincoln County, according to a release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The Lincoln County Communications Center received an anonymous call…

Early morning fire displaces Lincolnton family

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A house fire off of Highway 150 in Lincolnton has left a family displaced and their home a loss. The Boger City Fire Department was the first to respond and was assisted by the Lincolnton Fire Department, North 321 and Pumpkin Center departments. Firefighters were dispatched…

McHenry releases statement on Congressional passage of Keystone XL bill

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Staff report Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), the chief deputy whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, whose district includes all of Lincoln County, released the following statement about Congress’s passage of the bill authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline: “After six years of reviews, court cases,…

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