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City Council approves contract for construction of First Federal Park

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council approved a contract with Howard Construction Company on Thursday evening and will now proceed with the construction of First Federal Park in downtown Lincolnton. However, some amenities have been removed from the original renderings after all four qualifying bids came in well above…

ELHA to host presentation on Brotherton family

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The East Lincoln Historical Association will host a presentation today on the historical significance of the Brotherton family to Lincoln County at the Mundy House in Denver. According to organizers and county historians, the Brotherton family serves as one of the county’s earliest settlers and relatives…

Westport project spurs debate in public hearing

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Residents of the Westport community came out in force for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners public hearing on a developer’s request to build more homes in the area. Westport Construction Partners is seeking to amend a conditional use planned development district to alter the layout…

Local authors unearth Denver history

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Concerns over new housing developments, growth and infrastructure have residents of eastern Lincoln County keeping a watchful eye on the future. However, two men have spent the past 18 months diving into the past, collecting photographs and memories, making sure the people of Denver and its…

Rep. Patrick McHenry holds town hall in Lincolnton

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry, the chief deputy whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, concluded his trip to Lincoln County by hosting a town hall meeting at the Lincolnton City Hall on Tuesday evening. McHenry began the meeting by addressing a handful of bills he’s helped pass…

Maiden photographer’s work on display at Lincoln Cultural Center

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Arts Council of Lincoln County will feature the work of Joe Permelia throughout the month of August. The Joe Permelia Landscape and Moonlight photography exhibit features images that have been captured along the east coast of the United States and in remote Canadian villages. “He…

Retired Clerk of Court employee honored by governor

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Pamela Richards dedicated nearly 30 years of her life to the Clerk of Court office in Lincoln County and has now been given the state’s highest civilian honor. “We’ve worked together for 14 years and she’s just the best,” Lincoln County Clerk of Superior Court Fred…

Lincoln County Schools teacher busted in child sex sting

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Staff report A Lincoln County Schools fifth grade teacher has been arrested in a child predator sting. Ricky Kelvin Carpenter, Jr., 41, of 3230 Brady Hoffman Road in Lincolnton, who is listed as a teacher at Pumpkin Center Intermediate School on the Lincoln County Schools website, was arrested on Wednesday…

Sheriff’s Office finds success with K-9 unit

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The narcotics division of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has found success while utilizing the services of a trained dog for drug investigations. Anya, a playful Belgian Malinois is the product of Mark Connolly at K-9 Command of Lincolnton. Connolly trained the dog to sniff out…

Twelve contestants compete for Apple Queen title

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Twelve of Lincoln County’s finest young ladies will grace the stage at the James W. Warren Citizens Center for the 38th annual Apple Queen Pageant on Saturday evening. Every school in the county will be represented, including Lincoln Charter School, for the first time in pageant…