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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…

Suspect shot by cops released from hospital

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Mecklenburg County man whom deputies said tried to rob a Denver pharmacy before engaging in a shootout with officers on Thursday will make a first appearance in district court today. Tyler Cameron Kennedy, 23, of 10515 Paces Avenue, Apt. 1826, in Matthews, remains behind Lincoln…

Denver brings in Christmas season with annual parade

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Denver Defense nears construction start

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Construction will soon be underway for Lincoln County’s first upscale indoor shooting range facility. The Times-News previously reported that the County Board of Commissioners unanimously signed their approval for the shooting range after a public hearing at their August meeting. The request was passed…

Local student becomes Eagle Scout

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer West Lincoln High School senior Dustin Hawn comes from a long line of Boy Scouts, influenced by the past examples of his father and grandfather. Following a November ceremony, the 17-year-old celebrated his Eagle Scout honor, nearly nine months after troop leaders approved his project idea…