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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,…

ANALYSIS: Website appears to plagiarize daily newspapers

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A writer for a Lincolnton news website appears to have plagiarized from articles in the Charlotte Observer and the Gaston Gazette in a story about transgender bathrooms and new legislation related to same-sex marriage. The story, published under the byline of journalist Wayne Howard and posted…

Denver fire under investigation by Forestry Service

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer What began as a brush fire influenced by specific weather conditions resulted in massive property damage in Denver on Sunday. The North Carolina Forestry Service has been tabbed as the investigating agency. “We are in the very early stages of this investigation,” Chase Payne said. The…

SWAT gear, weapons stolen in break-in

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Staff report A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office patrol car was damaged and duty firearms and SWAT turn-out gear were stolen in a break-in on Feb. 8 in Catawba County. Sgt. Robert Jefferies returned on Sunday morning from a weekend trip to find that his home and vehicle had been burglarized.…