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City Council passes UDO amendment

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer An amendment to the Lincolnton Unified Development Ordinance approved in a split vote by the City Council Thursday night will reduce the separation requirement previously stipulated for social clubs and lounges in downtown, with those in favor of the change saying it will help reduce barriers…

Rotary celebrates 20th annual auction with gala

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor The Lincoln County Rotary is celebrating two decades of auction success with a 1940s-themed gala event at the Lincolnton Plaza on Apr. 13. The “black tie optional” event will feature music from The Fantastic Shakers, who will be throwing some big band tunes into their typical…

Man dies after leaping from vehicle during domestic dispute

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A North Lincoln High School graduate died Sunday at a Charlotte hospital, two days after he jumped from a moving vehicle during a domestic dispute, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene around 4 p.m. Friday…

Deputies locate missing teen

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A West Lincoln High School student, who had been missing from his county home for nearly a week, was located Tuesday, deputies said. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reached out Monday for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Justin Scott Rathbone. The teen’s mother…

Emotional day at civil trial

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “My whole life has changed,” Richard Coppick told jurors and others in a Lincoln County courtroom Tuesday about the years following his son’s death. The still-grieving father took the stand during the second week of a civil trial centered on a June 2008 yacht…

City Council to vote on amendment to Unified Development Ordinance

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  LTN Staff Reports   The Lincolnton City Council will conduct its regular monthly meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. On the agenda for the meeting are: A public hearing will be conducted prior to a vote on a proposed amendment to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance that would…

Spring Break sports

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County names new planning chief

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   County Manager George Wood announced his replacement to head up the Planning and Inspections Department Monday evening, with Andrew Bryant selected to take up the post of planning chief. Bryant, previously a planner within the department, has been serving as the interim planning director…

Hester appointed to advisory council

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  LTN Staff Reports   Lincoln County Register of Deeds Danny Hester has been appointed to the Local Government Federal Credit Union’s (LGFCU) Lake Norman Advisory Council, which comprises Lincoln, Gaston and Catawba counties. The organization prides itself on providing a volunteer-driven initiative to not only educate people on the…

Hunting for Easter eggs

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