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LCSO seizes meth lab No. 22

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A dangerous methamphetamine operation was located inside a western Lincoln County mobile home Wednesday afternoon, resulting in one resident’s arrest, the Sheriff’s Office said. Narcotics investigators said Carl Lloyd Almany III, was harboring a “shake-and-bake” or “one-pot” lab at his property, located at 1656 Knoll Drive…

Zackie Warlick is Cat Square Mayor

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Vale resident Zackie Warlick grew up picking cotton and raising chickens and pigs with his family. The 10-member crew often completed what he called “back-breaking” work on their Sain Milling Road property. He even took five weeks out of school each year to carry out the…

Man on lawn mower dies after being struck by car

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 67-year-old Denver man died this week, troopers said, after a vehicle collided with the lawn mower he was driving on the wrong side of the road. The incident took place around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on Forney Hill Road in Denver. According to Trooper R. Neal…

Nutcracker coming to Lincolnton

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Play performances held today, Saturday JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer For the sixth consecutive year, Lincoln County dance studios will unite to perform for the community the beloved story of The Nutcracker, but a twist this time around will showcase the true meaning of Christmas and even incorporate a few additional…

DDA envisions future of downtown

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Dozens gathered at the Old Reinhardt Building to learn about the Downtown Development Association’s vision for Lincolnton. According to the association’s website, The Lovable Lincolnton Possibility Tour consists of seven potential redevelopment projects in the downtown area “designed to reinvigorate interest in the downtown vision developed…

Planning Board splits on solar farm

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Planning Board members shared conflicting viewpoints during Monday night’s meeting regarding the proposed construction of a solar farm in Denver. The Planning Board voted 4-4 to recommend county commissioner approval of Strata Solar’s solar farm, which has created controversy because of its proximity to SailView, an…

Officials suspect house fire was arson

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police believe an arsonist is to blame for a blaze that consumed a Lincolnton residence early Sunday morning while residents were out of town. Police issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, calling the incident suspicious in nature, particularly after area residents told officers they spotted a…

Assault victim speaks out

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton resident Jesse Mace said he and his family will never forget an incident from earlier this month in which a father and son allegedly beat him with cement blocks. Deputies have charged Esteban Cavillo Pascual, 46, and his son Esteban Calvillo Estrada in the incident,…

Lincolnton attorney to chair Golden LEAF Board of Directors

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton attorney Johnathan L. Rhyne, Jr. has been elected to serve a two-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Golden LEAF Foundation. According to their website, the Golden LEAF’s mission is “to promote the social welfare of North Carolina’s citizens and to…

Christian Ministry Christmas Fund lagging behind past years

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While a total of 15 Lincoln County schools participated in the school system’s annual canned food fundraiser for Christian Ministry this season, donating more than 20,000 items, organization officials said the nonprofit remains thousands of dollars behind compared to the Christmas Fund total this time last…