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City produces ‘lost’ maps but questions remain

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton has complied with a public records request and produced two sets of stormwater maps officials say represent more than $280,000 in spending and four years of work. The Lincoln Times-News published a story on Dec. 17 detailing elected officials’ questions about the…

Denver Fire Department prepares for growth

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer As Highway 16 continues to develop as the last major vein out of Charlotte, it has become abundantly clear that over time, perhaps within the next five years, the Denver Fire Department, along with other agencies in the area, will take a long, hard look at…

New policies proposed for animal shelter

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A proposal introduced at Monday night’s county commissioner meeting could soon impose a time limit on healthy animals in the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. LCAS Director David Workman suggested a series of changes to the public and commissioners, the last of which would give animals 10…

Planning board votes against extreme sports park

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A Lincoln County commissioner asked a local businessman Monday night if he’d sacrifice his son’s personal interests to better ensure the approval of his business venture. Brittan Schnell declined, and the planning board responded by voting 5-2 to recommend denial of the proposed Whitehouse Extreme…

Newton man pleads guilty to robbing Maiden bank

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  Staff report A Newton man has pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing BB&T banks in Maiden, Valdese and Claremont in 2014. Joshua Paul Wilson, 33, was charged with three counts of bank robbery after robbing the Maiden branch on April 2, the Claremont bank on May 20 and…

Cherryville Shooters bring in New Year

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Inspired by a 200-year-old tradition, the Cherryville New Year’s Shooters made a trek of over 100 miles to celebrate the new year with a journey that began on New Years Eve and ended at 6 p.m. on Saturday. “We had a tremendous turnout,” Secretary Rusty Wise…

Extreme sports park on planning board agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer After a four-month-long struggle, Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park is expected to receive a planning board recommendation at tonight’s meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the James W. Warren Citizens Center auditorium. First proposed in September, the park would host a Junior Olympic swimming pool, basketball and…

Howard’s Creek Fire Department secures new engine

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When the Howard’s Creek Fire Department took possession of its new engine/pumper truck recently, it was a transaction that the department had needed to make for some time. “We needed a new engine and I’m excited for our department right now,” Fire Chief Dusty Rudisill said.…

Lincolnton science center to be discussed by City Council

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A proposed science center that would be erected in Lincolnton will be on the table for discussion when the city council holds its regular session on Thursday. A proposal extended by STEM Career Path Project, Inc. focuses on an all-ages offering that would focus on bridging…

State senator wants longer terms, term limits

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer An 83-year-old North Carolina state senator has once again broached the idea of longer terms for state legislators. Ronald Rabin, whose 12th District encompasses Harnett, Johnston and Lee Counties, told constituents in a Christmas newsletter that he plans on re-filing a bill that would give state…