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Development moratorium public hearing scheduled for tonight

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing tonight regarding a proposed six-month moratorium ordinance on residential development in the East Lincoln area. Freshman commissioner Rich Permenter, who prioritized a long-term plan for the growth of Lincoln County throughout his campaign, suggested the…

Relocation of county offices moving forward, price increasing

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The plan to move a number of county offices from the James W. Warren Citizens Center to the site of the former Lincoln County Hospital facility on Gamble Drive is progressing. In 2015, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved the relocation project. Since that time,…

School board discusses changes to elementary schools

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education has approved changes to the makeup of elementary schools in Lincolnton. At a special meeting held Wednesday, the board unanimously voted to begin the process of transitioning G.E. Massey Elementary and S. Ray Lowder Elementary to K-5 schools and…

Carpenter: Unlikely that ICE will enlist local deputies

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A pair of memos released by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday outlined how President Donald Trump plans to enforce two executive orders on illegal immigration that he signed last month. The memos, signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, would expand the category of people…

Body identified as missing woman

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Staff report Lincolnton Police Department officers have confirmed that the “badly decomposed body” found in a wooded area off of Hollis Henderson Road was a woman who was reported missing in 2015. Officers said Patricia Linn Loveless was reported missing in March 2015. A public works crew with the City…

Nine facing felony drug charges

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Staff report Eight people were arrested on felony drug charges on Wednesday and Thursday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said one person is still at-large following the arrests, which were the result of investigations into the sale of methamphetamine and prescription drugs in Lincoln County. Teresa Louise Dellinger,…

Mooresville man charged with TV theft

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Staff report A Mooresville man has been charged with stealing a television from a Lincolnton home he had visited. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Jeremy Neal McDougal, 26, allegedly stole a television from the home on Sun Valley Trail after arguing with the homeowner. Deputies said the television was…

Man charged with child sexual assault

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in 2016. Phillip Wayne Vrchota, 34, of Pinewood Drive, is accused of inappropriately touching the girl, who is a relative, at his home in June and July. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies first received a report…

Around Town — 2-27-17

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TUESDAY Supper Messiah UMC, located 4102 W. Highway 27 in Lincolnton will host pancake supper from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life.   WEDNESDAY Meeting The Lincoln County Public Education Foundation Board of Director’s will meet at Noon in the Executive Conference Room at the Board of…

Criminal Charges — 2-24-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Joshua Dominque Parker, 24, of 4473 Highway 73 in Iron Station was charged on Feb. 17 with one count each of possession of control substance schedule I, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony breaking and entering building, felony larceny, and safecracking. A…