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County office move nears RFQ stage

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The plan to move Lincoln County office buildings to the old hospital location on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton was approved by county commissioners two months ago. Now it appears the county may soon be able to advertise to bidders looking to partake in the project. County…

Donations raise $32k for LHS student

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Oscar Martinez is getting a new wheelchair. In fact, he’s getting two, for good measure. The Lincolnton High student, who graduated on Tuesday evening from the special education program, inspired his teachers and peers to start an internet-based campaign to raise money to buy him a…

Over the Mountain: Pool hall celebrates 50 years

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Half-century celebrations are always special. Birthdays, marriages and professional benchmarks are commemorated in many ways. On Monday, Mountain’s Pool Hall on West Water Street in Lincolnton celebrated its 50th anniversary. The business initially was located on the Court Square, beside where City Lunch is located now.…

City adopts $29.7 million budget

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An active public comment session, a closed session and a discussion regarding the preservation of a Lincolnton historical landmark highlighted the regular session for Lincolnton’s City Council on Thursday. A public hearing for comments on the proposed 2015-16 budget was on the agenda. City manager Jeff…

Historic depot to make way for splash park

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When First Federal Park opens sometime in late 2015, the “old depot” that occupied the plot on Poplar Street in downtown Lincolnton will be remembered by some and quickly forgotten by others. What is considered historic, worth saving and preserving lies in the eyes — and…

Body cameras, depot, budget on city agenda

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The 2015-16 budget for the city of Lincolnton could be approved tomorrow when it is presented to City Council during a regular session at 7 p.m. at City Hall. City officials have held budget work sessions in the months leading up to a June 30 deadline.…

Stanley man charged with statutory rape

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Staff report A Stanley man has been arrested in connection with a statutory rape that allegedly occurred on Feb. 27. Joshua Keary Robinson, 19, of 1723 Forest Ridge Drive, was charged with two felony counts of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old victim by a defendant more…

Senior prank ends in arrests

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Staff report Seven Lincolnton High School students were arrested on Friday after allegedly breaking into the high school in a plan to release live chickens in the halls as a senior prank. Lincolnton Police Department officers found the suspects, all except one charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering and misdemeanor…

Denver attorney stole $1.5 million

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Denver attorney Peter Capece has admitted to misappropriating a $1.5 million trust that was tucked into investment funds by the late Fritz Detmers, of Denver. Detmers died in 2009 at the age of 78. A probate hearing in Lincolnton on Monday did not produce any conclusions…

Student inspires peers to raise funds for wheelchair

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Fundraising campaign working toward $35,000 goal PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A Lincolnton High School student described as “the happiest young man you could ever meet” has received the support of his peers, teachers, surrounding communities and even cyberspace. Oscar Martinez, 22, has cerebral palsy and is part of the special…