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School gives children “A Place To Grow”

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer It doesn’t take long to find a smiling face inside the walls of A Place to Grow. The North Carolina Pre-K facility in Lincolnton specializes in early intervention, special education, developmental delays and typical day care services for children. The staff is friendly and the sound…

New Directions: County considers moving courthouse to old hospital

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Commissioners voted Tuesday to change gears on the plan to relocate county offices to the former Lincoln County Hospital and instead focus on finding a new home for the county’s judicial system. Commissioners instructed county staff to evaluate the feasibility and cost…

Smith’s first art show scheduled at Fausto Coffee

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton artist Angelo (L.A.) Smith will present his first art show at Fausto Cofee on March 12. Smith is an artist who creates much of his work in a studio at Art on Main in Lincolnton. UMAR, a Methodist Church associated 501 (c) 3 organization that…

Pirates, ahoy! at Kiser Intermediate

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Neighbors oppose Stanley solar farm

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Residents of The Gates at Waterside Crossing in Stanley voiced their opposition to a proposed solar farm near their neighborhood at a county commissioners’ meeting on Monday. During a public hearing, commissioners heard that Freemont Solar Center’s 40-acre solar farm construction would negatively impact property values…

Commissioners to hear UDO changes

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Area Councils hope to ease design restrictions for commercial buildings Staff report The West Lincoln and East Lincoln Area Councils of the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce will present proposed changes to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance to county commissioners at a meeting tonight. The groups are asking commissioners to…

Police efficiency highlights city budget workshop

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton police chief Rodney Jordan addressed city officials with a presentation on Friday that showed fiscal efficiency and a clear vision for future needs within his department during a budget and planning workshop to help identify department issues facing Lincolnton in 2015-16. Jordan showed efficiency in…

Lincolnton Art Crawl 2015 Featured Artist: Jen Walls

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Sometimes the road to an artist’s “true north” isn’t a direct or even an obvious one. Jen Walls, 52, has lived life on her own terms and forged a path that has led her to new creative heights. Having left a career as a banking executive…

Battle over solar farm not finished

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will soon have to revisit its 2013 vote against a rezoning application for a solar panel farm in Denver. The owners of the land where the proposed 36-acre solar farm would be built by Strata Solar on Webbs Road — Gary,…

Lincolnton gun dealer breaks ‘silence’ about misconceptions

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Like most gun enthusiasts, Jeremy Kupper’s passion for weaponry was nurtured as a young child. His father taught him the basics about safety, fundamental gun care and operation. “It all started with pellet guns and grew from there,” said Kupper. “We would set up paper targets…