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Spelling bee with a cause set for Tuesday

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   For the 18th time, adult groups of four will take part in an annual spelling bee at the James Warren Citizen Center in Lincolnton on Tuesday night. The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation are partnering in…

SWAT team deployed after man threatened officers on Facebook

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        A Maiden man was arrested in a raid by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team on Wednesday after threatening to kill law enforcement and probation officers. “The incident started on March 12, when probation/parole officers conducted a probation search at the home of Timothy Lee…

For Those About to Rock: Denver instructor promotes group learning

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      John Hatcher fosters fun, challenging environment   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Music instructors are no different than any other educator in the sense that they all have different styles, approaches and methods that ultimately reach the common goal of providing each student with a positive learning…

County considers new animal rules

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      ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   The discussion of a potential animal services ordinance will make its way to a public hearing on April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the James Warren Citizens Center. The ordinance, presented by animal services director Ron Rombs at Monday’s Board of Commissioners…

Piedmont Companies could be first to receive grant

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   An initiative adopted by Lincolnton’s City Council in January 2013 as an incentive for development and renovation within the city may soon see the light of day. Piedmont Companies has applied for the grant and, according to city officials, appears to meet the requirements…

Search continues for missing woman

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    Staff report   The Lincolnton Police Department is seeking public assistance in locating a missing Lincolnton woman. Patricia Lynn Loveless, 62, has been missing since March 13. Loveless is a white female and is 5-foot-2 and weighs 98 lbs. with brown eyes and gray hair. She was last…

Deputies: Man, 71, was drug supplier

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    Staff report   A 71-year-old Gaston County man has been accused of being a supplier of illegal prescription drugs in Lincoln County by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they executed a buy-bust operation targeting Alvis Clatis Coon, of 101 Helen Avenue in Bessemer City, around 6…

Here’s to the volunteers

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Commissioners revisit solar farm fight

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners attempted to justify its findings that a proposed solar farm near the Sailview neighborhood on Lake Norman would damage property values at its public meeting on Monday night. In 2013, the board ruled that Strata Solar couldn’t build…

McHenry pushes back against ammo ban

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      Staff report Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) introduced legislation on Monday to counter a recent move by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to restrict the manufacture and sale of popular rifle ammunition. The Ammunition and Firearms Protection Act “would prevent the ATF from proposing…